Former RAF serviceman given a boost thanks to charity

Eaton Socon veteran Graham Frost (front), received an electric wheelchair from the charity SSAFA. (F

Eaton Socon veteran Graham Frost (front), received an electric wheelchair from the charity SSAFA. (From left-right) daughter Kathy Reinhold, Dean Christian from C&S Builders, Guy Davies from Luminus, and John Wright from SSAFA. - Credit: Archant

A former RAF serviceman has been given a new lease of life after receiving an electric scooter from an armed forces charity.

Graham Frost, 77, of Queens Court, Eaton Socon, had been housebound since June when he suffered two heart attacks. He approached The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and asked them if they could help.

Squadron Leader John Wright (Retired), Huntingdon & East Cambs divisional secretary, helped find the funding from SSAFA, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Royal British Legion and Invalids at Home. The money paid for a scooter as well as ramp outside Mr Frost’s home.

After being released from hospital Mr Frost, who was an engineer working on Vampire and Venom planes in Marham with 214 Squadron and in Yemen with 8 Squadron, relied on his daughter, Kathy Reinhold, to drive from Ely to help him.

Ms Reinhold said: “Before, he had to rely on me making the 38-mile trip from Ely to get him some bits, so it has helped him massively. He can get to the shops to buy milk and other things, which he is chuffed with.

“We are extremely pleased with SSAFA for their help and C&S Builders who did more than they were asked and for no extra charge.”

Sqn Ldr Wright said: “He knew about the RAF Benelovent Fund from his time in the service and got in touch with us through them. It wasn’t just the mobility scooter he needed, it was a shed and a ramp too, so there was a lot of digging up the ground to install concrete for the base.

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“To get to the shops makes a big difference for him.”

Last year SSAFA helped 72 people in the Huntingdon area.

INFORMATION: If you are a former serviceman or family member in need of help, call 01480 399339.