Veterans

D-Day Veteran Fights Council To Fund Care Home

A 94-year-old veteran says he's being "left to die".

A veteran of the D-Day landings says he feels as if he's being "left to die" after he claimed Norfolk County Council refused to fund a place for him in a Royal British Legion care home.

Len Mann, who's 94-years-old, says he's now too frail to live by himself in his bungalow in Norwich.

Mann was a 19-year-old private in the Devonshire Regiment when he fought during the Normandy Landings.

In 2016 he was presented with France's highest honour, the Légion d'honneur, for his role in the campaign.

Mann's award followed the decision by the French President on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014, that all British veterans who fought for the liberation of France would receive the Légion d'honneur.

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Mann says he wants to spend the end of his life at a Royal British Legion care home, Halsey House, in Cromer.

But claims he can only afford half of the fees needed and that the council won't pay the rest.

Mann is visited by carers twice a day but wants to move into the home for full-time care and companionship.

He says he’s had to fight against his soldier instinct of never giving up and admits he’s now too frail to live by himself.

"I try to do things for myself but I just can't do them anymore."

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Mann said the council has been in touch with him.

Norfolk County Council said: "We appreciate Mr Mann’s desire to move to Halsey House, and of our responsibilities towards former service personnel, under the Armed Force Covenant." 

The statement added:

"We will work with him and his family to fully explore his options, including further support from charities, in order to ensure that, like all of our residents, Mr Mann receives the appropriate care and support he rightly needs and deserves.”