Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio talks about issues that have been discussed on the airwaves this week.
Brian Wallis, chairman of RAF Marham Veterans’ Association, recently came to visit us to talk about the charity, RAFMV, and the work they do to help veterans and their families, in particular the care offered within the community.
Brian, who was stationed at RAF Marham for a number of years and was decorated for his Falklands War service, suffered an incident as a youngster that led him to become a member of the world renowned Guinea Pig Club. The name was chosen by the eminent surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe who worked at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, Sussex, and is acknowledged as the father of plastic surgery in the UK.
The so called guinea pigs had suffered in many cases horrific burns injuries during war service and had reconstructive surgery at East Grinstead, known as the town that ‘didn’t stare’ to allow these burns victims to enjoy a modicum of normality as they moved around the town.
Brian is also involved with the Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust as a legacy to his late wife, Rosemary, who succumbed to the disease (asbestosis) last spring, possibly after being in contact with asbestos during her working life with the Ministry of Defence.
We also spoke to former Navy Petty Officer Bob Blake, ultimately a fire officer, who believes he has this condition as a result of his work both in the Navy and as a fire fighter.