Stanley Coombs joined the British Army in February 1942 at the age of 20. He was eventually (Stan did try for the Glider Pilot Regiment) put into the RASC and on 6th June 1944 landed a DUKW Amphibious vehicle with his colleagues from 199 Amphibious Company onto Juno Beach as part of the support group for the 3rd Canadian Army. Stan remained at Juno Beach for 5 weeks. Stan demobbed in December 1946 and had managed to survive 5 years of war without a scratch.
Now aged 89, Stan has numerous health problems which are having a serious effect on his independence and his ability to get out and enjoy the parks around his home in Watford, Hertfordshire. Stan had a triple bypass operation 13 years ago and suffers with angina and arthritis in his knees. He also struggles with breathing and walking anything more than a couple of hundred yards is very difficult.
We received a letter on Monday from Stan’s daughter enquiring if there was any help available to assist Stan with getting a powered scooter to enable him to get out more often. Today we delivered a mobility scooter to a very happy Stan. The scooter will enable Stan to get out every day to the local shops or to take a trip to his favourite park and get much needed fresh air and a change of scenery. Stan said that it will make a huge impact on his life and he couldn’t wait to get out on his new transport.
A mobility scooter like the one we have provided for Stan costs as little as £500 but the impact it has on the life of a Veteran is immeasurable. What price can we put on independence and freedom?
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