Project 65 - Wheel Be There For You
Friday 5th November 2010
94-year-old, Fred Woods recently had his
possessions and wheelchair stolen while in the process of moving
between care homes. However, Fred had his faith restored thanks to
the generosity of ‘Project 65’ who, upon hearing of this
misdemeanour, provided him with a new wheelchair.
Fred is an ex serviceman, veteran, from WWII
who served in the 8th Army as a fitter in the Royal
Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).
Recently his wife died and as he was being moved from his home,
following a stroke, his possessions, including his wheelchair were
Barry Tappenden, Founder/Chairman of Project
65, contacted Major Loxley, at the Salvation Army, regarding the
disposal of a wheelchair that he had once required to assist his
mother-in- law. As Project 65 supports all veterans it was decided
this wheelchair was in good enough condition to be sourced as an
ideal solution to an unnecessary problem.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough Council, and Vice
Patron of Project 65, Dave Hodgson, said: “Project 65 does
tremendous work in supporting our veterans. I am proud that the
charity, alongside the Salvation Army, was able to come to Fred’s
aid and go some way towards correcting the dreadful situation he
The wheelchair was delivered to Fred at the The Birches care home,
in Shefford, on Friday 29th October, his family also
attended the presentation.