Blackpool war heroes are set to feature in a TV programme following plans to create a £4.5m sanctuary to help ex-servicemen and women.
Volunteers at Supporting Our Brave, a charity shop in Blackpool town centre, are supporting a project to create the multi-million pound relaxing retreat for soldiers and veterans in the North West.
And when the project – called The Sanctuary –was approached to feature on Planners, a BBC Two show, five of the Blackpool veterans agreed to be interviewed pledging their support.
Ray Graham, manager of Supporting Our Brave, said: “The lads spoke very well about their wartime experiences and very openly about their treatment and something like the sanctuary on their doorstep would have been ideal.”
The Planners, which will be a documentary series about the planning process in the UK, follows ex-royal engineer Joe O’Connor as he plans a sanctuary in Tarporley, Cheshire, featuring lodges, therapy rooms and a gym.
Supporting Our Brave is looking to support the bid financially off the back of funds it raises through its shop on Bank Hey Street.
The episode featuring Blackpool veterans is due to be broadcast in early 2014.
Mr Graham added: “It looks absolutely beautiful. It’s a great idea and concept but it all depends on the planning permission so to help him build up evidence there’s a bit of support, that was the reason for filming. There’s nothing like this in the North West so we want to support it.
“And we’re the only shop like this in the country so Joe invited the film crew to come here to interview soldiers who are volunteers in the shop who might use it.”