Ambassador For Help The Aged

Jan Leeming

Shoreham 2007

Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 14th November 2008


I was asked to be their Ambassador to launch the 'Winter Warmth Campaign'

Had to be in London very early on Monday and did back to back interviews all morning with Radio Stations up and down the country and one TV appearance on The Politics Show - which had me quaking in my boots.

The poverty figures for pensioners make stark reading.  One in three pensioners is only able to heat one room in which they live and one in four spend more time in bed in an effort to keep warm.  Many pensioners live in 'fuel poverty' - that is where they spend more than 10% of their disposable income on heating and lighting.  Many are trying to exist on a basic pension of £7,000 p.a.  - I'd like to see an MP trying to live on that - it probably wouldn't cover their restaurant bill for a month.

There's 5 Billion (yes billion not million) in unclaimed benefit sloshing around in Government Coffers and the very people who've earned it are not claiming - maybe they are too proud or are put off by the ridiculously long and obtuse forms they have to fill.

I could feel my anger rising but what do we do.  There are the Benefit cheats who are quite prepared to live off the rest of us who've worked and paid our taxes and then there are those who could genuinely claim and don't.  It beggars belief that we are - or should I say were - one of the most affluent countries in the world and yet we now have an education system, a health system and heaven knows what other system which ranks very low in the European tables - a decade of Labour Government- chucking the money around to those who didn't deserve it, chucking money into Public services but paying the top brass far more than they were worth, and living on Tick.  Brown sold off our Gold Reserves cheap and now goes with a begging bowl to the Arabs - it beggars belief.

I'd better stop before I get clapped in the Tower.

Mind you I wrote an impassioned letter to David Cameron.  Last year a friend in Tory Central Office made sure that it got to Mr. Cameron and I got a reply (albeit written by the Secretariat) but with five lines in his own hand.  This year, my friend had retired so I got a pleasant reply from a woman in the Secretariat.  Do Politicians really understand what is going on and how most of us - who aren't rich - live?  Rhetorical question.


I may not have financial riches but I am very blessed on occasions - and not only with smashing friends, a lovely family and a fantastic son - but I sometimes get a lovely experience offered to me - like this four days on the QE2.  I felt honoured and excited originally but now I'm thrilled to bits to be a part of this historic occasion - the last voyage of the Queen Elizabeth 11.  Watch this space and I'll let you know all about it.

 A bientot, Jan

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