Stephen Lofthouse served with the REME from 1981-1987. After leaving the Army he trained as a chef and has been enjoying a career in the catering industry.


Stephen's life was dramatically changed when he was severely injured in a train crash in 2001 and suffered numerous injuries including fractures to an eye socket, skull, shoulder, hand and leg, for which he has undergone multiple operations and is due to have a prosthetic shoulder fitted in the near future too.


Stephen was recently made homeless and has had to give up his job as a result. He has found housing support through The Beacon in Catterick, a specialist centre for homeless single Veterans.

Stephen’s caseworker contacted The Veterans Charity asking for support for him with food shopping and clothing as he had arrived at The Beacon with nothing but a half-empty suitcase.


Assisted by a grant from The Sandhurst Trust to provide support to other ranks who have served in the Army, The Veterans Charity has provided fast, direct support to Stephen. A large quantity of food shopping is being delivered directly to him tomorrow and will enable him to live well for at least the next 2 weeks, helping to bridge the gap until his benefits application is completed. An order has also been placed for some new clothes for Stephen including footwear, underwear and some news jeans and trousers. This will bring a big morale boost to Stephen who was forced to spend time living rough on the streets.


Stephen was delighted and very grateful for the support given. He was very pleased to hear that there is support being given to other ranks by the Trustees of The Sandhurst Trust and is already looking forward to getting his life back on track and securing employment as a chef again.

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is where all officers of the British Army are trained. Outside the chapel is a memorial to the other ranks who have fallen in the two World Wars and in conflicts since 1945. It stands as a reminder to officer cadets that their soldiers are their purpose in life and epitomizes the Sandhurst motto – Serve to Lead. The Veterans Charity has entered into partnership with The Sandhurst Trust, The Army Officer Charity, to provide welfare support on their behalf to former soldiers of other ranks who are facing hardship and distress.

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