A WORLD War Two veteran got Royal approval for his efforts in a letter from King Charles III.
Gordon Forsey was an engineer during the 1939-1945 conflict, modifying gun and tank parts to take on the German army.
Now, Gordon, a Lewis-Manning Hospice Care patient, has received a letter from The King’s office recognising his achievements and contributions to the success of the war effort.
He was presented the letter – complete with Buckingham Palace letterhead – by Lewis-Manning’s Volunteer driver, John Reid, who came dressed for the occasion in his RAF uniform and said a few words about Gordon, his life and his accomplishments to all staff and patients present, as well as Gordon’s son.
John said: “I’m thrilled and honoured to have presented Gordon with his framed letter, I knew it would mean a lot to him.
“I have been Gordon’s driver to and from the hospice for a while now and had the pleasure of hearing the incredible stories he has to tell. They’re absolutely fascinating.
“It was great to see he’s finally received some recognition for his extensive work during WW2, he really is a wonderful man.”
Gordon’s son, Alan, added: “Thank you to Lewis-Manning for putting on this get together to celebrate my dad.
“It was wonderful to see him receive his framed letter and enjoy tea and cakes with him and the rest of the day hospice patients.
“I know Lewis-Manning and its wonderful nurses mean a lot to him and this just made it even more special. So, thank you again.”
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is in its 30th anniversary year, providing extraordinary care to patients and their loved ones facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset.
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