Charity searches for Islington veterans in gift box initiative
- Credit: Archant
A charity combating loneliness in the armed forces community has asked an Islington-based association to find World War Two veterans who have been denied their 75th anniversary celebrations.
Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes, president of the Islington Veterans Association since 2011, has been contacted by the Not Forgotten Association - a charity founded in 1920 to provide entertainment and recreational opportunities to wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans with disabilities.
READ MORE: Veterans mark 75th anniversary of VJ Day in Islington with serviceIt has launched an initiative to find 5,000 World War Two veterans and thank them for their services with a gift box.
Charles said this period has been particularly difficult for veterans, especially since the commemorations of VE and VJ Day were greatly restricted.
“It’s a very enlightened initiative (to give away) a gift box and get recognition from the princess royal,” Charles said. “They (veterans) are obviously getting very old and not forgotten is the message, and one that I support wholeheartedly.”
The boxes will be sent out at the end of October, aiming to bring the veterans a bit of cheer and to thank them for all they gave.
You may also want to watch:
As well as keeping up and liaising with the many military charities, the Islington Veterans Association has regular social gatherings, committee meetings, dinners, and a monthly breakfast club for members.
Although this has been affected by the pandemic, Charles said: “The Islington Veterans Association has been impressively good at keeping in touch with their members directly, by telephone, email, and have also arranged Zoom meetings so that any members can inform us of any veterans who are in difficulty that need extra help.”
- 1 Jeremy Corbyn on the fuel poverty crisis
- 2 Islington Council caretaker charged with rape and aggravated burglary
- 3 Call for action after scooter filmed riding on Islington pavement
- 4 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
- 5 Islington Council to press ahead with people friendly streets - despite disabled pleas
- 6 Met Office warns of flooding risk with heavy rain set to hit London
- 7 Islington eco-festival opens – but what about the Edmonton incinerator?
- 8 Kentish Town teen creates football team to 'bring community together'
- 9 Meet Charrli - the Islington start-up facilitating zero-waste shopping
- 10 Clerkenwell fire: Margery Street office block blaze under investigation
Veterans, an authorised family member or carer can register for the gift by emailing email@example.com with their first, surname and maiden names, where appropriate; service number; military details, including arm/unit of service and dates; full postal address and telephone number; date of birth; and details of the individual/organisation providing the data, if it is not the veteran.