The Royal Star & Garter Homes, a charity which cares for disabled military veterans, is asking the local community to help name the floors of its new care home in High Wycombe.
The state-of-the-art Home will be completed in late 2018 and the Charity would like to name the floors after military heroes from the Buckinghamshire area. The public is invited to nominate local Servicemen and women, past and present, and share their inspiring military story.
One of the nominees is former High Wycombe resident Anthony ‘Bugs’ Bendell, who ranked amongst the RAF’s most talented fighter pilots of his generation. Bugs grew up in the shadow of the Second World War and, from an early age, dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. In 1953, at the age of 17, he joined the RAF. During his 35 years of service, Bugs was widely regarded as one of the RAF’s most skilled fighter pilots of the Cold War period.
After a successful flying career, Bugs came to live at The Royal Star & Garter Homes until his death in 2016. His widow Jules, a local High Wycombe resident, remains a great friend of the Charity.
The competition is open until 30thNovember and entries can be made via the Charity’s website www.starandgarter.org. Winners will be invited to a special naming ceremony to see their hero’s name become part of the new veterans’ care home.