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War heroes' charity to close

The Lord Roberts Workshops, a charity that was once an important part of British society, provideding work for severely injured war heroes and provided inspiration for the creation of the Welfare State.

The Charity over a 100 years old is facing closure, after the first world war the charity was widrespread with ex-servicemen employed to make toys, baskets and furniture.

But at a time when the UK Government faces criticism over its treatment of servicemen and women injured in Afghanistan and Iraq, the charity is facing extinction.

Today, at the country's last remaining workshop in Livingston, Scotland, only 11 veterans are employed as they attempt to come to terms with their injuries.

The Charity which makes fine wooden brushes, are afraid they are about to be thrown on the scrapheap. The last brush handle will be turned in June when the workshop is closed down by the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, which took over the organisation in 1997.

The Lord Roberts charity had long campaigned for more to be done for ex-servicemen and became one of the Trustees. Following his death while rallying troops in France in 1914, the workshops were named in his honour.


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