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War hero, 100, living in freezing West London home as he struggles to pay heating bill

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A 100-year-old Second World War veteran who lives in damp and has been struggling to pay his payments has grow to be the topic of a marketing campaign to assist him dwell in consolation.

Chuck Charles Buckland celebrated his a centesimal birthday on Friday, April 23 however has struggled to pay his heating and electrical energy payments in his Ladbroke Grove home due to rising prices introduced on by Covid.

Mr Bucklands granddaughter Sophie Rodgers , age, stated: “He [Mr Buckland] noticed his payments the opposite day and began crying.

“Grandad nonetheless feels he wants to take care of us all however his pension will not stretch that far.”

Chuck Charles Buckland’s honorary medals and a dagger he stated he took from a Nazi soldier

Due to the ‘skyrocketing’ payments, the previous workers sergeant is compelled to put on two jumpers at home the place he lives along with his son and 4 grandchildren.

According to Sophie, Mr Buckland would not contact his financial savings as a result of he desires to guarantee his funeral prices aren’t a burden to his household.

This prompted Sean Mendez, 40, founder and CEO of a charity that helps younger folks get into sports activities – the place Sophie volunteers – to launch a marketing campaign to assist Mr Buckland in paying his payments and living in consolation

Mr Mendez of Solidarity Sports informed My London that it is unfair {that a} warfare veteran is receiving “so little outdoors assist”.

He stated: “18 months in the past I went to go and go to Granddad [Mr Buckland] with considered one of our kids. I used to be speaking to him about his tales of the warfare.

“He was such an inspiring particular person. It’s unfair that he’s discovering himself in this predicament with little outdoors assist.

“He’s actually struggling financially.”

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According to Mr Mendez, who’s launching the marketing campaign on the household’s behalf as Mr Buckland recovers from sickness, the warfare hero lives a humble life – the one time in his life he has ever travelled overseas was to combat the Nazis.

Mr Mendez stated: “Granddad as soon as informed me, ‘I left faculty aged 14 on Friday and went to work on Monday. My first job was transporting three tonnes of fish on the vans. After that, I delivered coal. I bear in mind climbing 5 – 6 flights of steps with an enormous sack of coal on my again’.”

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Mr Buckland, who has lived in Ladbroke Grove for greater than 50 years, was additionally shot throughout WW2 however refusing to return home for therapy, he stayed till the top of the warfare.

Young folks in the Ladbroke Grove space have additionally taken a liking to the Londoner, who they affectionately name Grandad.

Aaron, 11 who’s a participant of Solidarity Sports has been to go to Mr Buckland.

He stated: “I actually beloved listening to Grandad’s tales in regards to the warfare. I really feel so fortunate to know him. I might love Grandad to come to my faculty so the kids can study from him. I informed my instructor all about him.”

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So far, the GoFund Me marketing campaign which will likely be a shock to Mr Buckland, has raised over £600 of its focused £1,000 and goals to assist Mr Buckland enhance his living circumstances and well-being.

To assist Mr Buckland’s marketing campaign, click on right here.