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LETTERS: Your discussion from across the city in this week's Observer

Editorial Correspondent 29th Jul, 2018 Updated: 30th Jul, 2018

We’d like to speak to anyone who saw this In January my dad was involved in a car accident and we are appealing for witnesses, and we are seeking help with this.

Date: January 11th 2018, approximately 7am.

Location: Ansty Road, near the hospital.

Car: Red Peugeot.

My dad was driving when a second car (Silver Honda Civic) went through a red light and a collision occurred.

Several people stopped to offer assistance.

My dad is John Marriott (from Walsgrave).

Could any witnesses please contact John on 02476611173.

We are particularly interested in speaking to the kind nurse who stopped to offer her assistance.

Laura Marriott


As a proud Ambassador for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and a veteran myself, I’d like to tell you about a fund I’ve set up with the charity to ensure that veterans in Coventry get the support they need.

I’ve experienced first-hand the challenges our servicemen and women can face when they leave the military.

I thought my transition from the Forces was going to be easy, but I quickly found myself in a bad place.

The Ant Middleton Fund is a call to action.

I want change, so we can stop reading stories of veterans unable to get the support they need.

I’m hopeful that together we can put an end to unnecessary suffering of those who risked their lives for our safety and get local veterans back on their feet.

After years of putting myself through my paces to be the strongest I could be, both physically and mentally, I felt defeated.

It took a lot, but I have put that time behind me, learnt from it and SSAFA were there to support me through it.

The Ant Middleton Fund has been launched to ensure that other veterans get the support I did.

The money raised will help SSAFA provide a lifeline for veterans and their families as they adjust to civilian life, through its transition services.

Veterans who struggle to adapt to life after their military service, can often find themselves in desperate circumstances; suffering from longterm physical or mental problems, unable to find work or suitable housing and without enough money for daily living expenses.

SSAFA runs a range of support services for these veterans to help achieve their potential in their new lives outside of the military.

These services include its bespoke mentoring service which offers face-to-face support to motivate and empower service leavers, plus personalised welfare, housing and practical support for veterans and their families.

To donate to the Ant Middleton Fund, please visit www.ssafa.org.uk/AMF

Ant Middleton,

SSAFA Ambassador and Special Forces veteran

I am writing to tell you and your readers about a new, free advice guide from Independent Age, the older people’s charity, called Settling into a care home, which aims to make the transition of moving into a care home easier.

There are currently more than 400,000 people living in care homes in the UK, but many new residents don’t know what to expect when they get there, or how to plan ahead for their move.

Moving to a care home can be a very stressful time for older people and their families.

It’s a big change and it can take time to adjust to the new surroundings.

The guide aims to make this process smoother and less stressful.

Settling into a care home, which was written with advice from care home staff, residents and family members, offers advice on planning ahead to help the move go smoothly.

Independent Age has also launched a free, online checklist for moving home to accompany the new guide, which can be accessed via: independentage.org/ moving-home-checklist.

Settling into a care home can be downloaded from independentage.org/

settling-into-a-care-home or can be ordered for free by calling 0800 319 6789.

The charity’s Helpline is 0800 319 6789.

Lucy Harmer

Director of Services

Independent Age

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