Support from Community First Yorkshire’s Ex-Forces project has enabled Mr Simmonds, through our home wellbeing checks, to replace his oven at home so that he can cook warm and healthy meals this winter. Through the check he was also identified as eligible for a wet floor shower with a Disabled Facilities Grant, which will be installed soon.
Mr Simmonds served in the Royal Engineers for six years in the 1960s, including tours of Cyprus, Aden and areas of the Middle-East. Describing himself as “a bit of a rogue” before he joined up, he says the Armed Forces offered him structure after a rough childhood in foster care and taught him good values and responsibility.
He has called the project a “fantastic service” when mentioning it to a friend.