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Hearts from Herts for our veterans

A Hertfordshire-based charity that supports adults with learning disabilities has delivered Valentine love hearts for veterans supported by the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

This lovely project was the brain child of Jo Radcliffe who runs Always Bee You, a charity in Ware that enables adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues to access the opportunities, skills and support they need to live fulfilled lives.

The young adults were asked if they might like to make Valentine love hearts for WWII veterans and the request was met with an overwhelming yes. Jo contacted Taxi Charity volunteers Dick and Susy Goodwin and it was agreed that the hearts would be placed into the charity cards which are being sent to veterans across the country for February 14th.

Jo said: "We chose to support the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans as we felt there might be some people who would be lonely and isolated on Valentine's Day and we wanted to show appreciation for the amazing service they gave our country to keep us free and safe.

We also felt that it would be good to share some history and stories with our group members who may not have heard about the war. It was wonderful for some of the group to talk about their great grandparents and find out their own families' stories.”

The Always Bee You team was delighted to have the support of local artist, Donna Reeves, who helped with the design of the hearts.

Dick Goodwin, Honorary Secretary of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said: “We send the veterans we support a card every month to show that we are thinking about them. The cards are incredibly popular and when Always Bee You asked if they might do something special for Valentine’s Day, we were thrilled to be able to share the love.”

Louis Melton, who is supported by Always Bee You, said: “We made Valentine's Day love hearts for these veterans as we really are grateful for all that they have done for us.”

You can watch Louis' full message below.


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