Holiday reward plan for injured war veterans

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WIGAN war heroes injured serving their country on the frontline will be offered holidays in the sun thanks to a local charity.

The Platt Bridge-based Veterans’ Council has teamed up with its sponsors to offer wounded ex-personnel free breaks in the Mediterranean island country of Malta.

The charity is hoping to have up to a dozen places available each year for former members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force who have sustained physical disabilities while fighting in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

The holidays have been made available after the Veterans’ Council teamed up with the Sea Cadet Association and several sponsors located on the islands.

Chairman Des White said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a free holiday to our heroes from all three branches of the armed forces, who have served and suffered for their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. They did an extremely difficult job with courage and professionalism, and many of them suffered terrible injuries as a consequence. It’s time for them to be given something back.”

The pilot scheme holiday package will include veterans being special guests at the Queen’s birthday party on the island and receiving home pickup and transport to the airport and to their accommodation, The free holiday is being offered from June 17 to June 23, and is only open to veterans and their dependants or carers.

The Veterans’ Council started to help former servicemen and women around the borough, but now takes referrals from across the country, offering support and signposting services in areas such as housing, health and social care, accessing further employment and education opportunities or finding new social and leisure activities. For more information call Des or operations manager Michael Lawrence on 01942 861019 email or write to Veterans Council, Community Zone, 81 Ribble Road, Platt Bridge, Wigan, WN2 5EG.