Strangers rally to aid of veteran affected by homelessness and post-traumatic stress disorder after Amicus Trust online appeal to Biggleswade community
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Strangers have rallied from near and far to help kit out a flat for a forces veteran who has rebuilt his life after going through post-traumatic stress disorder and homelessness.
Jackie Ann Park from the Amicus Trust – which helps people move from homelessness to independence, and often works with veterans – appealed for donations on the ‘We Love Biggleswade’ Facebook page on Monday – and was swamped with offers of help from total strangers.
The Good Samaritans offered beds, chairs, tables and other furniture, kitchen appliances, cutlery, pots and pans, towels, mattresses and even a load of grocery shopping.
Jackie said in a second post: “Yet again the good people of Biggleswade have demonstrated how much they care about the homeless situation.
“I have gone from panicking about how I am going to help him get furniture in 24 hours to being confident this can be done. Thank you so much everyone.
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“With all the grant cuts it is a struggle to support people when they are ready for independence – but not so much in Biggleswade, it appears.”
Another woman added: “If we can’t support someone who was willing to give their life for us, who can we support?”
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The offers came from as far away as Royston and Baldock.
Jackie said the veteran is a qualified electrician, but had been living in Canada for some years and needed to convert his credentials back to UK standards before looking for work.
She is still looking for a washing machine for the man’s flat.
You can contact the Amicus Trust by calling 01234 358478 and asking for Cath Crook. Alternatively see their website at amicustrust.org.