SIX disabled war veterans who looked set to miss out on their annual memorial service were saved by two kind-hearted businesses last weekend.
The Commando Veterans Association travelled down to the National Memorial Arboretum to celebrate the yearly event but for six of them the trip was in doubt as the mobility scooters at the site, which they all needed, were fully booked up.
That was until Drury Lane-based Shopmobility and Kitts Green travel company P.G.S Birmingham Ltd stepped in to save the World War II heroes.
Shopmobility general manager David Williams kindly supplied six scooters while managing director of P.G.S, Paul Eyles, provided a vehicle free of charge to transport the scooters to the Arboretum.
National Standard Bearer and event organiser, Fred Davies, said the two companies have been an ‘absolute saviour’.
“It’s brilliant news that they jumped in at the 11th hour and saved us,” the Monkspath resident said.
“As organiser I was dealt a late problem and there was serious concern about how these six disabled veterans would get around the Arboretum.
“But after two phone calls I was saved by these two local businesses.”
The Commando Summer Service was part of Armed Forces Week and tied in with Veterans Day on June 27.
Over 40 World War II commando veterans joined in the celebrations which also included over 5,000 national service veterans.
Mr Davies block-booked the Ramada Hotel in Tamworth for the veterans who enjoyed an evening of entertainment after the memorial service.