The Royal Observer Corps may have been disbanded and many of the former members live happily with their memories. Today a few of those who served have found that despite their best plans times are difficult. For these few there is the safety net of the benevolent fund to fall back on – if only they knew how to make contact.
A typical case was that of Iain, a rather doughty Highlander, whose wife Rose had died a couple of years earlier after 47 years of marriage. Worsening rheumatoid arthritis affecting his legs was starting to restrict his mobility and increasing his dependence on others.
While he managed financially on his work and state pensions, his savings were not that great and he couldn’t afford to buy his own electric vehicle.
A friend at the RAFA Club knew that Iain had been a volunteer in the Royal Observer Corps. He had seen the Benevolent Fund’s poster and he put Iain in touch with them. They were used to dealing with cases like this and arranged for a SSAFA/Forces Help caseworker to call on Iain and she organised an occupational therapist to assess his needs.
The Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund (ROCBF) assessed Iain’s case and the outcome was, what Iain called his shiny maroon charger! Iain’s now back to his old self, including two lunchtimes at the club with his friends for a blether, the run to the shops, and visiting the local library.
Helping to restore the social element into someone’s life with reduced mobility is just one of the ways that the ROCBF can help to relieve hardship, need or distress for their former members.
Are you a former Observer or a dependant or do you know someone in need who is? If so, please feel free to get in touch.
Deputy chairman and secretary, ROCBF
120 Perry Hall Road,
Orpington BR6 0EF