Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Royal British Legion - A moral obligation

I am extremely disappointed by the Royal British Legion again today. I have tried for some weeks to get a meeting together to discuss the future or the lack thereof for Crosfield House in Rhayader, the only RBL care home in Wales!

The background is that over the past couple of years the Royal British Legion has thought about shutting the care home but there has always been a last minute reprieve. After what seemed a settlement for the future of the home – they issued this statement out of the blue: 'reluctantly informed staff and residents of Crosfield House that its Board of Trustees has decided that options are explored to sell the home'.

No one was more shocked by this than I, I have had several meetings which ended in a promise to retain the home to the delight of residents, the local community and politicians.

The onus is now on The Royal British Legion to find a suitable buyer for Crosfield House; someone who will ensure the future of care provision at this facility. The residents and staff at Crosfield need some assurance and The Royal British Legion must see it as their moral obligation to provide this.

It seems strange that I consider it necessary to remind an organisation like the Royal British Legion of their moral obligation… but meeting after meeting has been refused. I even cleared a day in the diary and offered to meet them at their HQ in London. Frustrated beyond belief! I wonder why the reluctance?

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