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24th March 2016

Egon ‘Larry’ Lamb served as an MT Driver in the Royal Air Force from 1984 to 1991 and like all former servicemen, he is very proud to have done so!


As we all know, life isn’t always plain sailing and sadly, Larry’s marriage collapsed a couple of years ago and he found himself homeless. We met Larry around this time at a local event and we were not only saddened to hear his marriage had failed but we were also very concerned that he was now sleeping in the cab of his work lorry. We immediately arranged temporary hotel accommodation for him and put him in touch with another charity who assisted with funds for Larry to secure rented housing. He is now living in a flat near to his work – a happy outcome!


Larry has been doing great since we first met him a couple of years ago but unfortunately, he recently found himself presented with a very distressing situation - the choice between paying bills or eating!

With the rising cost of utilities, rent, council tax and food, it is becoming increasingly difficult for those forced to live in a low income.

We noticed that Larry had commented on a social media site that he was struggling so we acted swiftly.


Larry said “Sometimes we all need a helping hand. I am one of them. I had a choice between paying my bills or buying food and as I have been homeless in the past, I made a choice to keep a roof over my head. Being proud and stubborn I had just tried to get through but in fact, all was doing was delaying the inevitable. I posted on line that I was forced to borrow money for food. However, within hours, I was contacted by The Veterans Charity who arranged a for a delivery of enough food for the rest of the month – it was delivered the next day! If it hadn’t been for them, I would have been in debt and my financial struggle would have worsened. I have been able to eat 3 meals a day AND have the odd snack too – something I haven’t been able to do for months!”


Quick, simple actions can bring huge relief to those who are struggling to make ends meet and face distressing situations on an almost daily basis. The Veterans Charity’s fast, direct approach can mean the difference between living in hardship and living well.

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