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SCISSORS MANOEUVRE SEES FORMER ARMY SERGEANT SHORN FOR BROUGHTON HOUSE

SCISSORS MANOEUVRE SEES FORMER ARMY SERGEANT SHORN FOR BROUGHTON HOUSE

A former army sergeant from Salford has raised nearly £4,000 for Broughton House Veteran Care Village by having his head and beard completely shaved.

Ian Ward, 57, last had a haircut and shave before lockdown started.

His partner Diane Richardson got out the scissors, clippers and razor to shear him.

Ian, a father-of-two, served in the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment and the Royal Horse Artillery for more than 20 years in total. His father served in the Royal Artillery for 24 years.

Meanwhile Diane, a hospital sonographer, has a long-standing connection to Broughton House. Her aunt and uncle worked there, and her father, who was in the Royal Navy, delivered prescriptions to Broughton House residents for a local pharmacy after leaving the service.

Ian, who now lives with Diane in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, is a shunter driver for DHL.

He raised just over £1,900 himself including Gift Aid, and DHL has pledged to match the total.

Ian said: “I’ve never had my hair so long – it’s normally a number two back and sides for me and my beard had always been tidy until lockdown.

“My friends called me Worzel Gummidge because of my appearance, so when I decided to have a haircut and shave I thought it would be good to do it for charity.

“Being a former serviceman myself, and knowing about the fantastic care that Broughton House has given to veterans for more than a century, I decided to support it as it’s a great cause, knowing they are raising money for the UK’s first Veteran Care Village.”

Rhys Edwards, fundraising and marketing manager at Broughton House, said: “Ian has managed to raise a fantastic amount for Broughton House and our residents really appreciate his support.

“As we transition into the next phase of our state-of-the-art Veteran Care Village, it’s great to have the support from individuals based all over the country.”

The £15m redevelopment of Broughton House into the UK’s first Veteran Care Village will see the two-acre site comprise a 64-bedroom care home, up to 30 independent living apartments, a military support hub, a memorial park and landscaped gardens with a bowling green and bandstand.

 

BROUGHTON HOUSE VETERANS CELEBRATE VE DAY

BROUGHTON HOUSE VETERANS CELEBRATE VE DAY

Residents at Broughton House Veteran Care Village in Salford, including World War Two veterans, celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a special afternoon tea and entertainment. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the British Army’s national charity which provides support to soldiers, veterans and their families, provided refreshments and party paraphernalia including bunting and flags… Continue Reading

STUDENTS CHEER OUR VETERANS WITH LOCKDOWN LETTERS

STUDENTS CHEER OUR VETERANS WITH LOCKDOWN LETTERS

Our residents have been cheered during the lockdown with letters from students at Prestwich Arts College. The school’s council has picked Broughton House Veteran Care Village as its chosen charity, raising hundreds of pounds so far through a variety of activities, including a recent at-home sponsored silence. Head teacher Rachel Evans devised the letter-writing scheme… Continue Reading

£18,000 Boost from RAF Benevolent Fund

£18,000 Boost from RAF Benevolent Fund

Broughton House has received a grant of £18,000 towards the cost of looking after veterans who served in the Royal Air Force. The cash boost has come from the RAF Benevolent Fund, a welfare charity which supports current and former members of the service, their partners and dependants. Over the past year, Broughton House has… Continue Reading

REUNION INSPIRES FORMER LORD MAYOR OF MANCHESTER TO BECOME BROUGHTON HOUSE AMBASSADOR

REUNION INSPIRES FORMER LORD MAYOR OF MANCHESTER TO BECOME BROUGHTON HOUSE AMBASSADOR

Carl Austin-Behan and Chris were stationed together at RAF Chivenor in Devon during the early 1990s. Carl was a fireman and Chris was an assistant air traffic controller. The pair met for the first time in nearly 30 years at the funeral of 100-year-old RAF veteran and Broughton House resident Oswald Dixon last October. Carl… Continue Reading

Team GB Star Amy Champions Broughton House

Team GB Star Amy Champions Broughton House

Team GB Taekwondo para athlete and world champion Amy Truesdale is the latest sports star to become an official ambassador of Broughton House. Amy, who is ranked number one in the world and is training full-time in Manchester for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo, is from a military family. Her late grandfather Samuel, her… Continue Reading

Broughton House role is just the job for Laura!

Broughton House role is just the job for Laura!

Broughton House, the Salford home for former servicemen and women, has recruited a community and events fundraiser to raise its profile as it transitions to becoming the UK’s first Veteran Care Village. Laura Carr has taken up the newly-created post after joining from the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, where she rose to become… Continue Reading