AN ex-service man has become one of the first to benefit from a council pledge to support the town’s veterans.
Former Sergeant Major Peter Dodd, 53, who served on tours of Iraq, Northern Ireland and Bosnia during his 24 years with the Coldstream Guards, has been given a helping hand to renovate his home through Doncaster Council’s Community Covenant.
The covenant was signed by Mayor Peter Davies on Doncaster Armed Forces Day in June last year, acting as an agreement to ensure that members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families are helped with areas such as health care, employment and housing.
Mr Dodd, who has also been a member of the country’s oldest military unit, The Queens Bodyguard of The Yeoman of the Guard, had asked for help through the ex-servicemen’s charity to help scrub up a council owned flat in Conisbrough.
The flat had been turned down previously by several people on the council homes waiting list because it had fallen into disrepair.
However, the flat now has had a refurb after the former soldier got in touch with Mr Davies and Steve Bentham-Bates, manager of the Regular Forces Employment Association, who arranged for council workmen to fix the place up.
Mr Dodd said: “Thank you for the assistance I was given in the renovation of my flat.
“The council workers did a cracking job, the flat is fit for a King never mind an old soldier like me.”
Workers from the council’s housing department fitted a new bathroom suite, toilet and kitchen units in the flat ready for Mr Dodd’s arrival. Mr Dodd, who has previously worked at Buckingham Palace, had to return to the area after living abroad and had moved in with his mother until he could find his own accommodation.
Following the renovation Mr Dodd invited Mr Davies, Susan Jordan and Paul Lightfoot, both of St Leger Homes, and Mr Bentham-Bates for a look around.
Mr Davies has now called for other people in similar situations to come forward and take advantage of the scheme so it can continue in the future.
The Community Covenant also offers ex-servicemen in the borough the chance to work with the NHS over health issues such as post-traumatic stress.
For more on the Community Covenant visit www.doncaster.gov.uk