When I developed skin cancer, I found therewas someone there to help
During The Second World War James Robinson was stationed in the sweltering hot jungles of the Far East.
At only 20-years-old, every step he took could have been his last as,among other atrocities, the Japanese had planted exploding devices in the ground.
Food was scarce and the conditions were filthy, but the men fought on with pride knowing that they were there fighting for their country and the freedom of others.
In later years, when James developed a special kind of skin cancer called solar necrosis he discovered that it had been the prolonged exposure to the sun during his time in the jungle that had caused it.
Not the type to ask for help, James thought there was nothing he could do – until the RAF Association stepped in.
The charity’s dedicated War Pensions Manager helped secure him a grant that has made his condition more bearable, as well as offering friendship, help and a listening ear whenever James needed it.
The Association also realised that his wife, Joan, who suffers from osteoporosis, was also entitled to their support and made an assessment to see what could be provided for both of them to make their lives more comfortable.
James said: “Something is instilled in us to never complain and never ask for anything. We never knew these things were available. It is amazing who is out there to help.”
War Pension help for a WWII veteran