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David Back Up And Running


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Our PCO received a plea for assistance this week from Billingham Freemason the Rev David Youngson, who as many will know is registered Blind.


David explained that he had received support from Blind Veterans UK, in the form of IT equipment, to replace his existing dated and defective devices, but at the tender age of 82, the transfer of data between devices was well beyond his capabilities.


Blind Veterans UK helps ex-Service men and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss. Since 1915 they have provided rehabilitation, training, practical advice, and emotional support to tens of thousands of blind veterans.


During COVID-19 David’s regional Blind Veterans UK support worker, based in Morpeth, was unable to make home visits which would have left him unable to use the equipment for the foreseeable future.


Local Freemasons Nick Howell along with Mark Davies agreed to visit David’s home to assist; of course, complying with the current social distancing measures to set about programming the equipment.


Along with his pastoral roles, David s hobby is in the research military archives to ensure that all Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, will never be forgotten and laid to rest in a War Grave.


With his IT equipment up and running again he can once again to continue with this passion, which has seen him personally responsible for having graves re-designated as War Graves when they have not previously been recognised by the War Graves Commission.


A delighted David and his good lady wife Eileen are now up and running and able to keep in touch with friends, relatives, and associates whilst self-isolating. As a result of the visit, they are also now linked into the Eanred Community Support Group which will be helpful if in need of additional support.


Well done to all involved, together we can make a difference.

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