We would like to give our readers an update on our Help our Hero campaign. A lot has happened since we reported Mathew’s plight back in August. As a direct response to our article, we were contacted by SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and after several meetings and home visits the charity has put together a package to improve Matthew’s quality of life including a new scooter, wheelchair and rise-and-recline chair.
They are also arranging an electronic garage door and a ramp into the house to accommodate his new scooter and in addition SSAFA have agreed to organise new windows and doors for his maisonette. In addition to this Cheltenham building merchants George Bence have very kindly offered to donate a kitchen with new cabinets and worktop and Mira showers are donating a shower. BST Electrical Ltd. are giving their services for any electrical requirements with local electrician Neil Jefferies volunteering.
However, there is still plenty to do and funds to be raised. Cheltenham Town have kindly given Mathew the last game of the season against Bolton (hopefully a big attendance), which will give an an opportunity for a bucket collection with many of Mathews friends and ex-forces colleagues offering their services. We would love a military band to play at the match so if anyone can help with this then please get in touch with us at The Post.
Ruth Luffrum, Mat’s carer, said: “We have been so pleased with how it has gone so far and feel so appreciative of the support we have had.
“Mathew has had an extremely hard time with his MS and all I want is for him to be more comfortable in his maisonette. Life has been incredibly tough for him recently and we really appreciate the help and support we have been given and with project manager Mark Hopkins’ assistance we can see light at the end of the tunnel. We still need support as the rest of the work will have to be self- funded so any help out there will be gratefully received.”
Mark Hopkins and his team of volunteers led by Andy Claridge and Niall McKinnon are looking to start work on the week commencing 21st of March. The Post will keep you all updated on how it is going -if you would like to help Mathew and donate please go to
gofundme Help Mathew James (Jammer).