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Emergency grant is given to war hero pensioner (96)

By Ian Johnston

Published 06/04/2015

The oldest surviving Second World War prisoner of war held by Germany will be able to remain in his home of 46 years, at least temporarily, after an emergency grant from the Help for Heroes charity
The oldest surviving Second World War prisoner of war held by Germany will be able to remain in his home of 46 years, at least temporarily, after an emergency grant from the Help for Heroes charity

The oldest surviving Second World War prisoner of war held by Germany will be able to remain in his home of 46 years, at least temporarily, after an emergency grant from the Help for Heroes charity.

Robbie Clark (96), who is blind and uses a wheelchair, was facing life in a residential home after his savings were used up paying for care at his house in Brent, north London - a prospect he said would be like "being a prisoner of war".

He was among a small number of British prisoners to survive a 1,000-mile "death march" across eastern Europe. Help for Heroes has provided a short-term grant to enable him to stay at home while a long-term solution was found.

Phil Porter, of Brent Council, said: "The problem arises as the care package that Mr Clark is choosing is not affordable to council taxpayers given the constraints of local government funding."

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