When 65 year old veteran Ken lost his eyesight temporarily, he and his wife Gina found help from several organisations, including the Defence Medical Welfare Service, within the Unforgotten Forces Project…
Ken served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for 4.5 years before he left the service in 1977. After his army career Ken and his wife Gina successfully ran their own pub. Unfortunately, in 2008 Gina had an accident and developed Myelopathy, a degenerative neurological condition related to the spinal cord, which leaves her in a lot of pain.
Her condition means that she uses a mobility scooter and is partly dependent on Ken to help her around the house. Despite the help, Gina had several falls and there is a need for house adaptations to make it safer.
A few months ago Ken had to go to hospital for routine treatment to help with his detreating eyesight (Macular Degeneration). Unexpectedly, Ken lost his eyesight temporarily after the treatment. Gina contacted SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, to find out what kind of support is available to them. SSAFA advised Gina to contact Fares4Free, a charity that encourages taxi drivers to give up to 4 of their fares every month to help veterans, so that she could visit Ken in hospital.