Looking back, there had always been something missing from my life and didn’t recognise what it was. Having served in the Army for 15 years, as I got older and my Army Service a more distant memory, I remembered what it was that was missing…….Comradeship, camaraderie, the feeling of belonging!!
Watching the local news and seeing the work being done in Hull at Dereck Hardmans Barkers Breakfast Club struck a nerve. I wanted some of what they had and decided who better to start a local club in my home town of Bourne than me. After all, I organised stuff during my service days and this would be a doddle wouldn’t it?
Having started the Bourne Veterans Club in April 2016, we now have over 140 members, 30 odd who attend breakfast every week. The rewards and feeling of satisfaction are immense. To be part of this organisation that has bought so many like minded people together has been the most wonderful and the most rewarding thing I have been a part of for many years.
I look forward to every Saturday morning. For most of us, it is fun and a chance to have a laugh and a joke with friends old and new. For some, our breakfast club is far more important than that – it is life changing.