A soldier’s thanks for Spain holiday

Former soldier Terry Mair and wife Lee Mair.
Former soldier Terry Mair and wife Lee Mair.
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A CHARITY store is sending a former Army soldier on a special holiday.

Terry Mair, 44, of Orchard Avenue, South Shore, will travel to Spain with his wife, Lee Emma, 43, and their daughter, Morgan Rae, 17, thanks to the Ray of Sunshine charity shop, in The Crescent, St Annes.

The soldier suffered injuries due to a case of medical error, which led to the charity’s kind donation.

A member of the Adjutant General Corps in Germany, Terry was wrongfully diagnosed with Churg-IStrauss syndrome, a disease which affects breathing and the nervous system.

He was prescribed a series of steroids to treat the illness, but they damaged his body to the extent he had to have four hip operations, two shoulder operations and a left knee replacement.

Terry said: “As part of the treatment the steroids began to affect my joints and bones, resulting in all the operations I have had to go through. I have since found out I didn’t even have the disease in the first place having spoken with doctors.”

The damage done to Terry’s body still remains, leading the charity shop to become involved.

He added: “I am part of a charity called Band of Brothers, which works closely with the Help for Heroes charity.

“Ray of Sunshine heard about my story through the charities, and offered me this fantastic holiday.

“We are all looking forward to the holiday so much, we haven’t been away for a good while.

“David Lee at Ray of Sunshine has been fantastic and I can’t thank him enough.These people sometimes don’t get the recognition they deserve.”

Terry, Lee Emma and Morgan will spend two weeks in El Marquesado, Spain, with assistance from Jet2.com airlines, which donated flights to the family.

Steve Heapy, chief commercial officer of Jet2.com, said: “Terry’s story is truly moving and so we were very keen to help organise this special trip for him and his family.

“His bravery and dedication to the forces is an inspiration to all of us.”

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