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Joining forces with Veterans HQ to rehome veterans

One Vision Housing in collaboration with Veterans HQ have successfully rehomed a married couple who are both armed forces veterans as part of an initiative which has so far supported six veteran families from homelessness since the beginning of 2018.

Veterans Simon and Pat Ellman are one of six families to have already received support from the collaboration.

The couple who have been married for 40 years were put in contact with Liverpool’s Veterans HQ after ill-health overseas saw the family pay-out a staggering £1,000 per day in medical bills.

Simon Ellman unfortunately suffered a stroke whilst carrying out military work in the Middle East, his hospitalisation resulted in the couple losing their life possessions and ultimately, becoming homeless.

Thankfully after coming in contact with Liverpool’s Veterans HQ, Mr and Mrs Ellman were referred to One Vision Housing who successfully rehomed the couple in an adapted bungalow located in Southport.

Mr Ellman who joined the forces in 1973 successfully completed numerous operational tours. Mrs Ellman joined the Woman’s Royal Army Corps shortly after in 1975.

Alan McEvoy, Operation Director at One Vision Housing said, “One Vision Housing and Veterans HQ work closely to identify veterans who require support from our partnership. Not only do we provide a home for veterans and their families but we maximise our relationships as part of The Sovini Group to provide packages from The Big Help Project, which provide the basics such as; kitchenware and white goods. In addition to this we have also adapted the bungalow to Mr Ellman’s mobility requirements. It is crucial that we continue supporting veterans through the strong partnership established.”

Simon Ellman added, “The kindness I have been shown is overwhelming. I was instilled with the motto – give until it hurts – this is something that Veterans HQ and One Vision Housing do on a daily basis. They have the fundamental values right – their staff are exceptional, going above and beyond their duty. My wife and I are thankful each day for their continued support and the home we live in.”

Kevin Archer from Veterans HQ said, “Our partnership with One Vision Housing has gone from strength to strength –the commitment from both organisations is  exemplary. Chris Hamill from One Vision Housing’s Neighbourhoods Team has gone above and beyond his duties to welcome Mr and Mrs Ellman into their new home. We hope to continue providing support to veterans and their families across the region through our alliance.”