08 February 2009

I support Joe

This is taken from my Facebook account, and I thought it needed wider sharing.

This group is to support Royal Marine Joe Townsend with the ongoing process of him getting a special adapted bungalow out with his family in Pevensey.

After losing both legs to an anti-tank mine while serving with the 40 Commando based at Helmand Province in Afghanistan, Joe is trying to rebuild his life.

Joe is a strong and determined person who is proud to be in the Marines. He deserved to be a Marine and would always give 110% in anything he did. Despite losing both legs, Joe still remains upbeat and optimistic.

To help Joe become more independent and closer to his family, his grandad decided to build a specially adapted bungalow on his own land to help Joe.The plans for his bungalow, which would have had a treatment room, a bedroom for a carer and an en- suite bathroom, were drawn up for free by an architect who wanted to thank Joe for his sacrifice.

But the council disagreed. A spokesman for Wealden Council said: “The circumstances in this case are not considered sufficient to warrant an exception to the usual restraint policies.” She also said Joe’s bungalow would be "intrusive" and breach planning laws even though no neighbours objected.

With many people already supporting Joe, this group is to get more people on board with the idea and help Joe get the bungalow he deserves.

Video from Meridian local news on Joe's bungalow, thanks to Sandy for this -


Joe's story from Marine cadets to Royal Marine -


Noel's HQ video -


Please visit http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ to help support our wounded servicemen and women injured in the current conflicts.

If you'd like to support Joe's cause, and hopefully teach a council not to mistreat the war wounded, feel free to contact the council at:

IF you are a UK citizen, you may sign the petition

If you are a UK citizen, or not, please take a moment to contact the Wealden District Council at:

Wealden District Council
Pine Grove
East Sussex



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