The Royal British Legion has launched its first ever Handy Vans Service in Cumbria. Neil Pantin from Carlisle is the first fitter to be employed by the Legion in the county.
37-year-old Neil, who has worked as a joiner since leaving school, said:
“Our aim is to help people live independently in their own homes – a lot of tradesman might not want to come out to change a light bulb or fix a tap, put up a shelf or fit a grab rail, but it’s those smaller jobs that give people the freedom to remain safe and independent in their own homes.”
“I’ve already visited other fitters around the country and people are so appreciative of what they do, meeting some amazing ex-servicemen and women along the way. I’m excited now to be replicating that service in Cumbria.”
There are now 23 Royal British Legion Handy Vans operating across the UK, all connected via a national Freephone number.
“We can help serving and ex-serving personnel of all ages and all backgrounds, and their families. I’ll be there to help them with small household repairs and minor adaptations.
“The householders are always pleased to know that they’re getting someone they can trust, under the banner of the Royal British Legion.”
For further information on the Legion’s Handy Van service call free on 0808 802 8080 or visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/living-independently/handy-van/