Tom ran back into the house as
the police car pulled away and phoned his solicitor, Alan.
Tom was in shock and felt tears
forming in his eyes and he explained to Alan what had just happened.
Tom put the phone down and phoned
Jon and told him to come home now.
Tom sat there and heard Jon pull
up. Jon ran into the house and said “what’s wrong
“Sit down son,” Tom
Jon sat down and Tom looked up
and said “it’s Ben, he has been arrested.”
“Arrested, what for?”
“Fraud son,” Tom said.
dad,” Jon said.
“Yeah, I know son. But you and
need to go to the police station and show a united front,” Tom
“Sure dad,” Jon said.
Jon insisted on driving and they
arrived at the local police station. Tom walked into the front desk
asked at the desk, “good afternoon, I am enquiring what is
going on with my
husband, Ben Andrews Rees?” tom asked.
The pc behind the counter tapped
the name into the computer and said, “yes, he is undergoing an
interview at the
Tom said, “ok” and
went and sat
next to Jon.
An hour later, Alan came out of
the back and said, “I cannot believe this. Someone has stitched
Ben up good and
proper, Tom. They have charged him, mate, with 6 counts of fraud.”
“But he hasn’t done
“You know that. I know that. But
the evidence is solid, mate. I am so sorry, Tom,” Alan said.
“So what do we do
now?” Tom asked.
“Well, Ben will appear in court
later today and I am applying for bail,” Alan said.
“Oh god, poor Ben,”
Ben was in the cell at the
police station crying. He couldn’t believe this was happening
to him. He has
never done anything illegal in his life.
Tom was granted 5 minutes to see
Ben. He walked into the cell and saw his husband sitting there crying.
over and hugged him and said, “babes, we will get through
“No, babes. I am going to prison
for something I haven’t done. I know I am,” Ben said.
“Not if I have anything to do
with it, you won’t,” Tom said.
Tom left Ben and said, “be
“I will babes,” Ben
Tom wasn’t allowed to go into
magistrate’s court where Ben appeared, but knew straight away
when Alan appeared
alone, that it was bad news.
“They remanded him in custody. They wouldn’t
listen to my appealing for bail,” Alan
“Oh for fuck sake, they can
someone who is on a murder charge or rape charge bail, but not an
“I know, but I will submit an
appeal tomorrow, when he appears at the crown court,” Alan said.
Tom saw the prison van pull out
of the back out the court building, and cried as the van went past
the nearby prison.
Tom arrived home, feeling dejected,
and was worried about Ben. He knew Ben could look after himself,
he was in a vulnerable state at the police station. He sat on the
sobbed. Jon was sat next to him, hugging his dad. Lucy arrived shortly
and walked into the house and said, “what’s going on,
“He has been remanded in
Tom said, with tears rolling down his face.
“That’s is rubbish,
son. Ben would
never do these things they are saying,” Lucy said.
“I know mum, but he has been
up good and proper,” Tom said.
Ben’s parents and brothers
arrived shortly later and were equally gobsmacked at what had happened.
Ben, meanwhile, had arrived at the
local prison, and was now being processed. He was scared shitless and
officer doing the processing could tell Ben was vulnerable.
Ben was given a single cell in
the remand wing at the prison, and sat there looking at the four walls
small window and thought, “what the fuck am I doing in
Ben was also put on suicide watch,
as Officer James Tanner was worried he might do something stupid.
Ben lay down onto the lumpy
mattress and slowly drifted off to a disturbed sleep.
Tom meanwhile had had a restless
night. He kept thinking of Ben, all alone in that place and
couldn’t get asleep.
The next morning
Ben was taken to the local crown
court. Tom, Jon, Lucy, and Ben’s family, all arrived at the
court. Alan was there,
as was another person. Tom walked up to Alan and said,
“Yeah, he seems ok, but I think
is just putting a brave face on it, to be honest,” Alan said.
“Tom, I want you to meet Dennis
Harrison. He is Ben’s barrister,” Alan said.
“Hi, pleased to meet
you,” Tom said.
“How did you know I was a
“Lady Jayne Dobson told me
night when she engaged me to this case,” Dennis said.
“Oh ok,” Tom said
Tom joined the rest of his family
in the public gallery, as the hearing started. Ben looked tired to Tom,
stood up and confirmed his name and address, and pleaded not guilty.
fantastic and soon had Ben out on bail.
Ben walked out of the courtroom
and landed straight into the arms of his husband.
The story had hit the local media,
and they were outside the court, as Tom and Ben left. One of the
pushed a camera into Bens face and said, “any comment,
Ben looked at the guy and said,
Another reporter said, “did you
think you would get away of ripping off the taxpayer?”
Tom pushed past and said, “I
thought that, in this country, it was innocent until proven guilty. Now
Tom and Ben got into the car,
which Jon was driving, and drove off as the cameras flashed.
Ben realised that they weren’t
going home and said, “where we going?”
“Don’t panic, babes. We're staying
with Brad and Daffyd tonight. That way we should get some peace from
“Yeah, but one is following
“Oh shit, bastards”
“Ok, pull into my office and go
into the underground car park,” Tom said.
Ben said, “Ok, but what good will that
“Jon, I want to ask Greg to
your car here, ok?” Tom said.
“No problem, dad”
Greg didn’t bring Jons car, but
instead brought Alices car. Tom said, “why you brought your
“I was at mum's, and went to go
home and pick up Jon's car, but there were press everywhere. So I drove
past,” Greg said smiling.
Tom was talking to Greg, when
Andrew saw him and came over and said, “hi Tom, how is
“He is pissed off, to be honest
mate. We were followed here, and the car is still outside waiting for
leave,” Tom said.
“So, you got a plan I take
“Yeah, Jon will drive my car
home and pull straight into the garage and close the door; meanwhile,
will stay here and leave in Alice's car, and go to Brad And Daffyds, as
Andrew asked, “Yeah, but won’t they
there isn’t anyone in the back?”
“Yeah, Greg can sit in the back,
but that will still leave only one person,” Tom said.
“I have an idea. Why
don’t I sit
in the back with Greg,” Andrew said.
“Yeah, but I don’t
want to involve
you mate,” Tom said.
Andrew said,“Listen, you two are friends of
mine and it will be no problem to do this.”
Andrew got into the car.
Ben was in the back of
Tom watched, as Jon drove out and
saw that the car followed behind them. He then jumped into
Alice’s car and drove
out on his way to Brads.
They arrived at Brad's and Daffyd's
house a short while later, and went in. Brad saw Ben and went over and
him and said, “you ok mate?”
“I have had better days,”
Tom said, “We had a small problem. That’s
why we are in Alice’s car and not mine. One of the paparazzi
was following us.”
Tom phoned Jon and said,
“Yes Dad. It was mental when we
arrived here, but we did what you said and Andrew has spoken to the
that car following us. The police are here now, dad” Jon said.
“That’s fine son. Let
them in. They
know where we are. I informed them earlier that we are staying with
The police officers who came
informed Jon that they had ordered that the media moved on from the
highway, and they had warned the driver of the car to stop harassing
Tom put the local news on, and the
headline said, “local man realised on bail in hospital fraud
“33 year old Ben Andrews Rees
a senior physiotherapist at Coninton District Hospital, until earlier
when he left to take up a new job at the local rehabilitation unit at
Hall. Mr Andrews Rees refused to speak to us, as he left court with his
well known former Colonel Tom Rees. They returned home to their home in
after visiting Tom’s office in Coninton. Police arrived at the
house, earlier, and
after speaking to the family, the media which was outside, was ordered
Mr Andrews Rees will appear in court again in a few weeks, but will
answer bail at the local police station regularly. This is Jayne
reporting, from Coninton for Midland Tonight.”
Ben said, “I have always
she was a bitch.”
“Yeah, she was one of the
had hell with before,” Brad said.
A few days later
Tom and Ben had stayed at Brad
and Daffyds for a few days, but were today finally going home to their
Ben sat in the car as Tom drove towards Coninton. Ben smiled as Tom
detour and turned into Coldbrooke Hall. “What are we doing
here?” Ben asked.
“Lee wants to see you, babes” Tom
“Oh ok, but am I allowed
Tom said, “Yeah, of course you are
Ben walked in and was immediately
met by Alistair.
“Hey Ben, isn’t it
good to see
you,” Alistair said.
“Yeah, it is nice to be here,
if it just a visit mate,” Ben said.
“You know, we are all behind
in this,” Alistair said.
“Yeah, thanks mate,”
Ben spent a few hours at Coldbrooke
Hall. He was talking with Lee when Tom said, “well babes, time
for us to get
“Yeah, it has been nice being
again, even it was just a short visit. I am really going to miss this
Lee said, “yeah, and we are
you already, mate. It is not the same here since you have been
“Lee. believe me. He will be
soon enough,” Tom said.
Tom and Ben left Coldbrooke and
Tom drove home.
A few weeks later
Ben arrived at the local police
station to answer his bail.
Detective constable Stephanie
Reynolds arrived at the desk and said, “Mr Andrews Rees, can
you come with me
Ben followed the young detective
into an interview room.
“Mr. Andrews Rees, I need to
you a few questions about your movements on a few dates, in reference
being made from bank accounts in your name held at Barclays bank and
Ben looked at the woman and said,
“I don’t bank with either. My bank accounts are with
Halifax and HSBC.”
“Mr. Andrews Rees, we have
started to get more information about where you have deposited the
have taken, so you might as well cooperate with us,”
“Well, first of all, call me Ben. Secondly, like I
have tried to tell you all along, this is nothing to
me,” Ben said.
“Yeah, so you have said. But in
meantime, can you tell me where you were on the 15th October last
Ben smiled, “well, actually, I
was with my husband at Buckingham Palace. He was collecting his
“Oh, and you can prove that I
suppose,” Stephanie said.
“Absolutely. There was
a photo of us standing outside the palace,
in the Daily Post the next day, and
is a copy of the photo on the wall in my office at Coldbrooke hall,
” Ben answered.
“Ok, we will contact the Daily Post for a copy of
the photo. Now, on to January 15th this year, do you
where you were on that day, Ben?" Stephanie asked.
“Yeah, I can. I was in Loch
helping a patient whose new wife was worried about his leg. I went
stayed overnight,” Ben said.
Stephanie asked, “Can anyone confirm
“Well, Lee Thomas, a patient at
Coldbrooke, or there is a doctor in Loch Lomond called Dr. Blair, who
out,” Ben said.
“Ok, I will contact Mr
“Anyway, the last date is
2nd,” Stephanie said.
Ben said, “Umm, to be honest, I was in
“Ok well, Ben, I can check that
withdrawal made on that day was done in Barclays in Newport in South
Ben looked at her and said, “I
have never been to Newport. I have been to South Wales, but never
“Were you in South Wales on
day though?” Stephanie said.
“No, I haven’t been
down to South Wales
recently, even though my husband’s family originate from there.
We don’t go down
as much as we used to,” Ben said.
“Well ok,” Stephanie
“Now, I need to show you some
footage from the bank in Coninton, where money was withdrawn on January
“Ok,” Ben said.
Stephanie showed Ben the footage
and Ben asked, “can I say something? I don’t own a
grey hoodie like that.”
Ben leaned forward and said,
you pause and slow reverse it a moment?”
Stephanie slowly rewound the
footage and Ben said, “stop.”
Stephanie stopped it and Ben said,
“that is not me. I don’t have black shaved hair. The only
person I know who does is
“What? You can’t make
like that,” Stephanie said.
“Seriously, look, you can see
black hair under the hood,” Ben said.
Stephanie looked at the footage
and spotted what Ben was saying. You could see Gary’s black
“Ok Ben, well that’s
all I need to
ask you for today. You will have to report here again next Wednesday.
“Ok, no problem,” Ben
Ben walked out of the police
station and drove home, feeling that he was getting somewhere.
Stephanie confirmed Ben’s
and also showed her superior officer the footage. Detective Sergeant
agreed that it looks like Ben had been set up by someone, and started
Gary Timpson had been cleared of
the disciplinary charges against him, and had returned to work at the
He was really pleased with himself, setting up his arch enemy, Ben.
that Ben was now out on bail, and he went to a cash point to withdraw
the account he had set up in Ben’s name. He arrived at the
Barclays bank, but
found the outside cash point was out of order. He went inside and used
inside instead. This was his first mistake, as the cctv footage showed
clearly. He had also forgot to put a hoodie on, so this time he was
The withdrawal was immediately
informed to the police, and Barclays gave the police the CCTV footage.
Ryan watched it and said,
Steph said, “what?”
“Look. Does that look like Ben
Andrews Rees?” Ryan asked.
“No, that is Gary
“I know, and he looks like he
pleased with himself,” Ryan said.
“Yeah, he does,” Steph
A week later
Gary was with a patient when
Steph and Ryan arrived.
Stephanie walked up to the desk
and said, “Gary Timpson here?”
“Yeah, he is with a
“Well, I am sorry, but we need
see him. So can you go and get him, please” Ryan said.
“Well, I suppose I can deal
the patient,” Rebecca said.
Stephanie and Ryan followed
Rebecca and waited outside the door.
Gary walked out and Ryan said,
“Gary Timpson, I am arresting you for conspiracy to defraud
and conspiracy to
pervert the course of justice,” and read him his rights. Three
of the department
staff watched in shock, as he was led away in handcuffs.”
Police also raided Gary’s home,
and found lots of evidence, including the bank cards belonging to the
in Ben’s name. There was also other evidence relating to the
case. The officers
took away Gary’s PC, for further analysis.
Ben had no idea of what had happened
at the hospital, and arrived at the police station to answer his bail
The desk sergeant said, “Mr Andrews Rees, can you take a seat
for a minute
Ben said, “ok.”
Steph had just finished
interviewing Gary, who, after seeing the footage and realising that Ben
iron alibis for the dates of the withdrawals, finally confessed that he
Ben up and it was him, and not Ben, who had stolen the money.
Steph walked into the front
office and went out into the lobby and said, “Ben, come with me
Ben followed Steph, expecting more
questioning, but instead Stephanie said, “you will appear
tomorrow morning at
crown court one, in front of a judge to get the charges formally
dropped. But as
far as we are concerned, you are free to go.”
“You are free to go, but please
accept my apologies for all the crap you and your family have been put
“Oh wow, but how?”
“We arrested Gary Timpson at
hospital, earlier today, and he has now been charged,” Stephanie
“Well, I hope he gets what he
deserves,” Ben said.
Ben walked out of the police
station and crashed to the floor in relief. A nearby young police
walked over and said, “you ok, sir?”
Ben looked at the officer and
said, “yes thanks. I just had some good news, that’s
all. Sorry if I scared you,
sir” the young officer
said as he walked away.
Ben walked away and picked out
his mobile and rang Tom.
Tom was in his office, and was
filling in some paperwork. One thing Tom does enjoy about his new job
he does a hell of a lot less paperwork than he used to. Tom picked up
and said, “good afternoon, Tom Rees Andrews.”
“Hi Babes,” Ben said.
“You sound happy. You
“Yeah, I have some great news
babes. I have been cleared, all charges dropped,” Ben said.
“Way hay, finally they see
“Yeah babes, but Gary is
the heat now. He has been charged,” Ben said.
Tom said, “Good, that is what he deserves,
“I know, babes” Ben
Tom walked out of his office and
said, “guys, good news. All charges against Ben have been
“That’s great news,
Tom,” Jon said,
“Yeah, we can now get back to
bloody normal, hopefully, after a few weeks of hell,” Tom said.
Andrew came in and said, “good
I hear Tom?” handing him a copy of tonight’s Post.
Tom looked at it and saw “Patients and
hospital staff in shock as Physio Dept Head Arrested.”
Tom smiled and said,
35 year old Gary
arrested in the hospital's physiotherapy dept, after police swopped. He
been charged with 7 charges of fraud, and one charge of trying to
cause of justice. These charges are believed to relate to large sums of
which have been redirected from the department into several bank
other charge is believed to relate to Mr Timpson opening the accounts
name of a former colleague, who was arrested on similar charges recently.
Det Sgt Ryan Green made
statement, earlier, confirming that all charges against his former
Andrews Rees, had been dropped and that Mr Andrews Rees was totally
any wrong-doing. Mr Andrews Rees wasn’t available for comment,
as we went to
Tom said “and, if I have
to do with it, he won’t be available for comment at anytime
Tom left his office, and had a
camera put in his face. Standing there was Tom’s favourite
TV reporter, Jayne
Ellington. “Colonel Rees, what do you think of the police
investigation into the
fraud at the hospital?”
Tom smiled and said, “I
a problem with the police investigation, as Ben and I always knew they
the right person in the end. But I do have a problem with TV reporters
pushing cameras in my face and expecting me to answer your questions.
have been through hell in the last few weeks, but that was made worse
constant intrusions into me and my families’ private life. So,
if you don’t mind,
I would like to get home to my husband and son, so that we, as a family
move on with our lives. Thank you.”
Tom got into his car and drove
home to Coninton. He arrived at his house to see a media circus camped
The cameras went mad, as Tom pulled into the drive. He heard one
“Ben Andrews Rees’s husband, Tom, has just arrived. He
earlier accused the media
of hassling his family.”
Tom walked through the door, to
see Ben in the lounge with the shutters shut. Tom walked over to
hugged his husband, and said, “don’t worry, babes. They
will soon have someone else
Tom picked up the phone and
“Hi mate, is there anything we
do to get this media circus moved on?” Tom said.
Alan said, “yeah, you can apply
a court order against the biggest culprits, and the others will run
who is the biggest culprit?"
“Umm, Jayne Ellington for Midland Tonight,”
“Ok, I will arrange the court
order straight away,” Alan said.
Two hours later
Jayne Ellington was getting ready
to report live from outside Tom and Ben’s home, when Alan
pulled up. Alan walked
over and said, “are you Jayne Ellington?”
“Yes, why?” Jayne said.
Alan served her with the court
order and said, “you have ten minutes to pack up and leave,
before I call the
police. And I suggest you think again before hassling innocent
Jayne was shocked, but phoned her
boss who said, “transfer to outside the hospital, and we will
do the live feed
The trucks belonging to Midland
Tonight, moved off and headed for the hospital. The court order also
not to mention Ben's name, in any report to do with this case.
Tom, Ben, Jon, and Greg, all sat down
and watched, as Midland Tonight came on.
“New twist in Coninton Hospital
fraud investigation,” the news reporter said.
“There has been a major
tonight, in the ongoing investigation of fraud at Coninton Hospital. We
live, to Jayne, who is outside the hospital for us."
“Thank you, Tony”
“At around 11am this morning,
police officers arrived here at the hospital and arrested a 35 year old
to be head of the physiotherapy dept, Gary Timpson. He was later
charges of fraud and one charge of trying to pervert the course of
has been an ongoing investigation, for a few months, and the police
earlier, that a 33 year old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons,
been previously charged with charges relating to this case, had been
all involvement in the case. This case has rocked the physiotherapy
the hospital trust has tonight issued a statement."
NHS Hospitals Trust has cooperated fully with the police investigation
of fraud at Coninton District Hospitals physiotherapy dept. We regret
patients, who were in the unit this morning, had to witness a senior
our staff being arrested. Mr Timpson has now been formally suspended
duties, until the outcome of this court proceedings. We also would like
that we feel that the trust also let down the former colleague, who was
originally arrested and charged in this case; who, while he worked at
hospital, was a well regarded colleague.”
“So Jayne, what will happen
“Well, Gary Timpson and the 33
year old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, will both
appear in front of a
judge, in a closed hearing tomorrow morning. Gary Timpson was remanded
custody earlier today, and he will be brought in Coninton Crown Court
morning,” Jayne said.
“Thank you, Jayne”
The next morning
Ben and Tom arrived at Coninton
Crown Court at 9am, in readiness for Ben’s appearance before
the judge. The
crown prosecution service would today formally withdraw the charges
before Ben. He will be free to go. Ben stood in dock, before the judge.
for the cps stood up and said, “your honour, the cps have gone
evidence it has been given, and has come to the conclusion that the
Ben Andrews Rees, has no case to answer; and therefore, we are
charges against him.”
The judge, the Right Honourable
Samuel Freeman QC said, “thank you Mr Andrews Rees. You are
free to go.”
Ben walked out of the dock and
joined Tom and the two men left the court by the back door. They
being led into the court, in handcuffs, by the prison escort security
Ben looked over and Gary smirked.
Ben said, “look at him. He still
thinks he is something special.”
Tom said, “yeah, something
special. Well he is getting his just desserts now.”
Tom and Ben got into Toms car and
Gary was led into the court room. He stood in the dock
before the same judge.
The Cps barrister stood up and
said, “Mr Timpson has tried, unsuccessfully, to set up a former
colleague of his
on the charges he now faces before this court. He is a vindictive young
thought he had got away with this terrible crime. The cps is not
he is given bail, that he would answer bail; so therefore, we are
him remanded in custody.”
Gary’s barrister stood up and
said, “my client is fully aware that he would have to answer
restrictions set down by this court. I don’t think the
nature of this crime
really justifies a remand to custody, therefore we appeal for bail to
The judge said, “I have
to both sides of the arguments, and to be honest, I feel that I side
on this one. This case is not just a fraud case against a big company,
fraud against a NHS hospital, and I think for his own safety, he would
off being remanded into custody until a date for the full trial be
Gary stood up and the Judge said,
“Mr Timpson, the serious nature of the crimes you have been
charged with mean
that I have come to the conclusion that, in the interest of your own
you will be placed on remand until your trial.”
Gary was led away.
A young 18 year old lad walked
into the local police station with a slightly older lad with him.
The desk officer said, “can I
Simon looked at the young officer
and said, “I need to speak to someone. I have been
raped,” with tears rolling down
His older brother, Gavin, hugged
The desk clerk immediately got an
officer to take Simon into a side room. Detective Constable Stephanie
was in the cid office, when the desk constable rang up. “CID
Reynolds speaking,” Stephanie said.
“Hi Stephanie, its James on the
front desk. We have a young lad down here who has been raped. Can you
“No problem James,”
Steph had dealt with one other
male rape victim in her career, but had dealt with many female rape
she knew how delicate this will be to deal with.
Steph opened the door and saw the
young blonde haired lad sitting there with his brother.
I am Detective Constable Stephanie
Reynolds,” Steph said.
“I am Gavin Dawson, and this is
younger brother, Simon” Gavin said.
“If you will come with me, we
go to our sexual offences suite, where we can video and tape the
Gavin held onto Simon as he
followed Steph into a room.
James had already set the video
room up, and DS Ryan Green was watching from there.
Steph set up the tape and said,
“for the sake of the tape, I am Detective Constable Stephanie
Reynolds. We are
conducting an interview with Simon Dawson. Also present is
Simon’s brother Gavin,
who is present at his brothers request, and police constable James
Metcalf. The time
is now 12 30 on March 10th.”
Simon was scared, but knew he
needed to tell all about the terrible ordeal he had suffered.
“So, Simon, in your own time, I
you to tell me what happened.”
Simon said, “I was in the local
hospital, having treatment for my injured leg.”
Simon stopped, and started to
cringe, and had tears rolling down his face. Gavin took hold of his
said, “come on Simon, you can do this mate.”
“I was receiving treatment
physio called Gary Timpson. He asked for me to be taken to his room, on
third floor of the hospital, for more treatment. A porter wheeled me
left me in the room. Gary arrived a short while later and . . .”
Simon stopped and
said, “I can’t do this,” and he broke down.
Steph said, “we will take a
break. The time is now 12 45," and she switched off the tape.
Steph said, “take a break for a
minute, and when you are ready, we will start again.”
"restarted at 13 05”
Simon took a deep breath and said,
“he got me to strip naked, which I thought was strange, but he
professional. So I did, and he had me to lie down on the bed on my
then he got on top of me,” Simon stopped again and started to
Steph waited for Simon to compose
Simon then said, “I tried to
him to get off me, but he wouldn’t. Then I felt his hard dick
press against my
arse. He then fucked me three times, each time cumming inside
I tried to scream for help, but he
put a sock in my mouth to gag me,” Simon said.
Gavin was crying when he heard
the ordeal his younger brother had been through.
“Simon, I need to ask when did
this happen?” Stephanie asked
Gavin held Simons hand and Simon
said, “last Wednesday.”
“Would you know the name of
porter who took you there?” Steph asked.
“No, I hadn’t seen
him before,” Simon
“Ok, no problem,”
“So, what happened
“He threatened me. He said, if I told
anyone, he would kill me. And to be honest, I was scared to death by
in his eyes,” Simon said.
“Simon, you are a brave young
man. Don’t let a man like that ruin your life,” Steph said.
Simon said, “I doubt if I will ever trust
“Now, Simon, James has been
down everything you have said, as well as the video and tapes. We
counter sign your statement for us,” Steph said.
“Ok,” Simon said.
“Interview finished at 13 45
said,” and switched off the tape.
Steph said, “Now, I don’t know if
heard, but Gary Timpson has been arrested on separate charges, and was
in custody this morning, so you are safe. Ok?.”
“Really, I didn’t
know,” Simon said.
“What’s in the bag,
by the way?” Steph
“These were the clothes I was
wearing the day I was raped. The underwear has blood and semen on
“Ok well, I need you to have a
medical check up and maybe you can provide a semen sample, so that we
eliminate your semen from the underwear,” Steph said.
Steph took Simon to meet the
police doctor, Dr Adam Kelley.
Adam asked Simon to take off his
trackies and underwear. Simon did, and Adam spotted the severe bruising
the anus. He examined Simon, and could tell that he had definitely been
raped. He asked Simon to provide the semen sample, and left him alone
Adam walked out and said to Steph,
“yeah, this lad has been brutally assaulted in the anus. There
is a lot of bruising.
I have taken photos, and I have left Simon alone to get the semen
Simon walked over to the door a
short while later and said, “ok.”
Adam walked back in, took the
sample, and placed it into evidence bag. The sample, along with the
underwear, were sent to the lab for analysis.
Stephanie went into the room and
said, “right Simon, I think we are done for now. Gavin is
waiting for you in
reception, and remember what I said. Don’t let this idiot ruin
your life. We will
be in touch soon, ok?”
“Yeah thanks,” Simon
Steph walked the young man out to
the lobby and shook his hand. She went back to her office and spoke to
had watched the interview in the recording room, and said, “we
don’t have enough
evidence yet to charge him, but we need to find that porter.”
Steph arrived at the hospital
later and went to see the head porter.
Head porter, Phil Jefferies, was
just about to go off duty, when Steph arrived.
“Good afternoon. I am Detective
Constable Stephanie Reynolds. I need to speak to a young porter who was
last Wednesday, and moved a patient from ward 7 to the physiotherapy
dept on the
third floor,” Stephanie said.
“Well, that doesn’t
give me much
to go on. I have nearly 30 porters on shift at any one time,”
“What, you don’t keep
a track of
where your staffs are?” Steph said.
“Yeah, but patient movements
be done on a spur of a moment, and not all are documented,”
“This is a serious
am carrying out, and I would appreciate a bit of cooperation,”
Phil said, “ok, calm down. He
looked in the staff log and said, “ok,it is one of two porters,
Meredith or David Jameson.”
“Ok, is either on duty at the
moment?” Steph asked.
“Yeah, yhey both are. I will call
“This is a staff announcement. Can
James Meredith and David Jameson report to the head porter’s
James was taking a patient to an
out patients clinic, and David was just coming back from his break,
Pete, another porter, was walking
the other way, and James said, “hey mate, can you take Mrs.
Hills to out patients
3 for me?”
Pete said, “no problem,
James arrived at Phil’s office
just as David did. “What’s going on? David said.
“No idea, mate,” James
James and David walked into
office to see a woman sitting there.
“Come in, lads” Phil
“This is Detective Constable
Reynolds. She wants to ask one of you some questions, so first of all,
of you two took a patient last Wednesday from ward 7 to
David looked up and said, “that
was me. A young lad, Simon, I think his name was.”
well thank you, James. You can go,” Phil
James said, “ok,” and
“Would be ok if I speak to
alone please?” Steph said.
“Yes, of course,” Phil
“Now, David, tell me, when you
Simon to the physiotherapy dept, did you think there was anything
the request,” Steph asked.
“Yeah, I did. As it
wasn’t to the
usual room, but Gary Timpson’s office. I, at first, thought it
was a mistake, but
Gary said that is where he was doing his treatment,” David said.
“Now, how would you say Simon
on his way there?” Stephanie said.
David said, “He was very talkative and a
“Ok, did you return Simon to
ward, or did Gary?” Steph said.
“I did, around two and half
later. What’s this all about?” David asked.
“Ok, Simon has made some
against Gary Timpson. I need to get some facts before we peruse
Steph asked, “Now, how would you say Simon
on the way back?”
“He was really quiet and very
fidgety, and seemed to be in pain,” David said.
“Would you say he seemed to be
pain in any particular area?” Steph said.
“I am not a doctor, but he
to be in pain around his arse, to be honest,” David said.
“Did you ask him if he was
“Yeah, a couple of times. Bbut he
answer me,” David said.
“Thank you, David. You have been
most helpful,” Steph said.
David walked out of the room and
went back to his duties. Steph, meanwhile, headed up to ward 7.
Steph walked over to the desk, and
showed the charge nurse her badge. She said, “can you tell me
if you were on duty
Charge nurse Sarah Hamilton said,
“yes, I was. Why?”
“So, you would have been here
Simon Dawson returned from physiotherapy?” Steph said.
“Yes, I was. He was in a bit of
state. He wouldn’t let us go near him, and later signed himself
out,” Sarah said.
“I take it you
didn’t think that
was unusual behaviour?”
“Well, to be honest, we have all
sorts of behaviour in this place, so no,” Sarah said.
“So, he signed himself out and
left? Would you say he seemed distressed when he left?” Steph
Sarah said, “Yeah, but he wouldn't listen to
and we are not allowed to force patients to stay.”
“Did you inform Gary Timpson
about him leaving?” Steph asked.
“Yeah, he reacted strangely, to
honest,” Sarah said.
“In what way?”Steph
“Well, he said, you should have
phoned me. I would have changed his mind for him,” Sarah said.
“Ok, thank you Sarah,”
Stephanie returned to the station
and Ryan met her and said, “come on. We got to go to the
“Why?” Steph asked.
“We got him, Steph. Positive ID
the semen on Simons pants, and on his PC, he
had wrote a diary. And on last Wednesday, he
wrote 'finally got to fuck Simon's arse. So tight. It was a pleasure to
scream,' ” Ryan said.
“Thing is, there were other
entries. Looks like Gary was quite a sex fiend for young lads,”
“What a dirty
bastard,” Steph said.
“Yeah, one entry he wrote on
Friday last week, is about a young porter called David, and how he
tie him up and fuck him hard,” Ryan said.
“Oh shit, that is one of the
people I interviewed at the hospital earlier,” Steph said.
Gary was led into an interview
room at the prison, and saw the two detectives who sat there.
“Gary Timpson, I arrest you on
suspicion of rape," Ryan said, and read him his rights.
Gary was gobsmacked, and knew he
had been caught out, and just sat there silently, refusing to speak to
Steph, “ok, Mr Timpson. If
the way you want it, you will be appearing in court tomorrow
Ben and Tom were heading up the
m6 when Ben’s mobile went off. Ben looked at it and saw Jon.
“Hi son,” Ben said.
“Hey dad, you'll never guess
“What son?” Ben asked.
Tom meanwhile had pulled into
Hilton park services.
“What? Really? wow,”
“He has been charged with
18 year old boy at the hospital,” Jon said.
“That is sick. I always knew he
strange, but to do that to a patient it is sick,” Ben said.
“Yeah it is,” Jon said.
“Thank you for letting me know
the latest, son” Ben said.
“No probs dad,” Jon
“So, what’s going
on?” Tom said.
“Seems Gary couldn’t
dick in check. He has been charged with raping a young lad at the
“The sick fuck!” Tom
“Yeah, I hope he rots in
hell and gets the same thing back to him in prison,” Ben
“Yeah, let’s hope
so,” Tom said.
The evening post newspaper came
out with a headline,
physiotherapy dept is charged
scandal hit physiotherapy department at Coninton District Hospital. It
headlines again tonight, as the suspended head of the department, Gary
has been charged with the rape of an 18 year old male patient. The 18
lad, who cannot be named for legal reason, walked in Coninton central
station this morning, and made a statement that last Wednesday, he was
raped on a hospital bed in Timpson’s office within the
department. Timpson was formally charged with the crime at the prison,
is currently on remand for fraud and conspiracy to pervert the course
The local news crews were camped
outside the hospital again.
Tom and Ben arrived at the hotel,
where they stayed before, on the banks of Loch Lomond
Tom checked in, and Ben noticed
that they had the same room. Ben said, “wow, you organised this,
“Of course. Only the best for
husband,” Tom said.
Ben walked over and kissed Tom
and said, “god it feels so good to be free.”
Tom smiled and said, “I told
it would be fine.”
“Yes I know, babes”
The two men then walked out onto
their balcony and watched as the sun set over the Loch.
Jon and Greg were at home in
Greg said, “so, have you spoken
Tom and Ben yet, about moving out?”
Jon said, “well, not yet, babes. With
all that has been going on lately, I didn’t like to.”
Greg smiled and said, “well,
“I will tell them when they
back from this holiday.”
Tom had already suspected that Jon
was going to move out with Greg, now living in a flat near to the
The next morning
Ben was up early and watched the fish jumping in the
Loch, whole schools. He looked into the room and watched as his
Ben walked back into the room and went into the adjoining bathroom. Tom
a little while later, and spotted Ben was missing. Tom got out of bed
noticed the bathroom door was ajar. Tom walked over to the bathroom and
the door and gave out a sigh of relief, as he spotted his husband in
Tom walked over, got into the shower, and put his arms round Ben and
“why didn’t you wake me?”
Ben smiled and said, “you
so cute sleeping, I didn’t like to wake you.”
Tom laughed and kissed Ben and
said, “you know, I don’t know what I would have done
Ben kissed Tom and said,
not think of that. It is time for you and me to move on.”
Tom laughed and said, “yeah, we
The two men then left the shower
and got dressed and went down for the breakfast. They sat in the
when Ben spotted some familiar faces in there.
“Ok, what’s going
on?” Ben asked.
“Umm, what do you
“Well, why are Brad and Daffyd
here?” Ben said.
Tom looked round and said, “no
“You know you can’t
lie to me,”
“Ok, they wanted to come and
us, but I told them that I wanted it just to be us last night. So they
but stayed away,” Tom said lying.
“That’s nice, just
the four of us,”
“Yeah,” Tom said.
Tom walked over to Daffyds table
and said, “I just told him it’s just us four, so keep
the party quiet, ok?”
Daffyd laughed and said, “yes
Brad and Daffyd were the main organisers
of the party, and all of Ben’s and Tom’s families
Tom kept Ben away from the hotel
for most of the day, and when they did arrive, he managed to get him
hotel without him noticing Jon’s car parked in the car park.
Ben and Tom were sat in room
when Tom’s mobile buzzed. Tom picked it up and saw it was a
text from Jon. Tom
opened the message and it said, “we are all ready.”
Tom looked at Ben, who had just
got ready to go down for the evening meal, and said,
“let’s go then.”
Ben and Tom walked into the lobby,
but Ben was surprised when Tom walked through the door to the function
instead of the restaurant. Ben followed him, and was gobsmacked when he
the big banner, “Congratulations Ben.”
“You swine,” Ben said
Tom said, “gotcha.”
Ben spotted his mum and dad and
his two brothers, Harry and Tyler, sitting there with Lee and Carol.
and said, “hey.”
Harry got up and hugged his
brother and said, “I am so glad this shit is over.”
“Yeah, me too,” Ben
Tyler smiled and said, “oh bro,
have some news for you. Carol is expecting, so you are going to be an
Ben smiled and said,
Tom was happy to see his husband
reunited with his family. Ben then noticed that Lee and his wife,
Ben walked over and said, “hey,
it’s great to see you. How are you doing?”
Lee smiled and said, “we're doing
great. It great to see you smiling again, mate.”
“Thanks, mate. It feels great to
able to get back to normal, and I am looking forward to getting back to
Coldbrooke,” Ben said.
“Yeah, it will be great to have
you back, mate. I have missed your cheerfulness,” Lee said.
Diane looked at Lee and said,
have some news for you as well.”
“Oh what?” Ben asked.
“My brother and his husband
both left the Army, and they are planning to move to the US,”
“Oh, wow. Why did they
quit?” Ben asked.
“Maurice was pissed off
the Army wouldn’t let him back into his unit, and Dan was
frustrated at being
overlooked for promotion, so decided as his original term was up it was
go,” Diane said.
“Yeah, it can be like that in
the Army. I found it difficult, at first, when others kept getting up
before me. But then my chance came, but I only got to Corporal,
the star of our unit,” Ben said.
Lee said, “it can be a pain
you see people who you think are not good enough, get the promotion
“Yeah, it can be,” Ben
“My old unit has had another
hit recently. Two of my old mates were killed. I am glad to be out of
the Army,, to be honest,” Lee said.
“Yeah, Tom told me you had been
discharged, mate,” Ben said.
“Yeah, I knew it was coming, but
still hurt to be kicked out, to be honest,” Lee said.
“Don’t think of it
like that, mate. Think of it as your chance to make a new start,”
“Yeah, I am planning a new
“Yeah, got anything planned
Lee said, “Yeah, I have applied to work
“That’s good. Where
will you be
working?” Ben asked.
“Probably with Tom, in some
capacity,” Lee said.
“Oh, that will be great,
“Oh, and I want to do a charity
event. I was thinking of a walk from John o Groats to Lands End, but
want me to do that,” Lee said.
“Yeah, I don’t think
you should do
that on your own, mate. But maybe get a few other guys to do it with
can count me in. Maybe Tom will do it as well.”
“That would be
A few months later
The scandal had got worse after
six male patients and three former staff members came forward and made
allegations against Gary. It seems he had raped several young men over
few years but none of them were brave enough to report him but since
felt they needed closure on what had happened and all 9 of them made
The physiotherapy department has
now closed and the remaining staff have been redeployed at another
The trust terminated Gary’s contract. The head of the trust
was also fired
after the health secretary intervened. The trust itself has been
and the department of health has decided to merge the trust with
another one nearby.
Gary is due in court in a few
weeks facing the original fraud charges and the new sexual charges.
Ben and Tom were busy getting
ready for the Coast to Coast walk with Lee Jon Dunnet and Andrew
several members of the forces who have joined in. Rhys and Shaun are
taking part in the walk as well as their son Matthew and
Tom’s son Jon and Greg
Jon and Greg now live in an
apartment near to the hospital where Greg is training to be a doctor
mum. Jon is now training hard to become a nurse. Greg did originally
plan to do
nursing but decided that he would rather be a doctor so changed his
Tom is proud of his son. Ben has
really got back into the swing of things at Coldbrooke and has finally
formally promoted to the head physiotherapist. Alistair has recently
and a new head is due to be appointed shortly. Tom has tried to
persuade Ben to
apply for the job but Ben refused saying he like to be hands on and not
in an office all day. Dr Alice Bonner has applied and has had her
is waiting to find out whether she has got the job.
Matthew Rhys’s son has
shocked his dad by deciding to join the Army. He has recently passed
medical and is now waiting to start his training. Rhys and Shaun are
case he ends up out if Afghanistan but Tom and Ben have spoken to them
reassured them that he will be ok.
The group all assembled at John o
‘Groats to start the long journey to Lands End at the other
end of the UK. One
of Ben’s colleagues, Justin, was providing physio cover for the
event, and they
had three support vehicles with them. Lee would walk from John
o’Groats to the
English border, then John Dunnet will take over for a few days, with
taking over afterward. Lee would rejoin them at the Somerset
– Devon border. Andrew
will then take a day’s break and rejoin Lee and the group, to
walk the final few
miles to Lands End. Tom, Ben, Rhys, Shaun, and the lads will walk the
There are also 6 soldiers joining them all the way.
The Coast to Coast walk, as they
had christened it, gained a lot of publicity. There was
region of £6million already secured. There were also
buckets, so people could
throw money into them along the way.
Lady Jayne Dobson stood in front
of the men and said, “good luck, everyone. I will see you at
Jayne fired a gun and the team
Lee was leading the group, with
Ben alongside him. They were all wearing Navy t-shirts, with Royal
Legion Coast to Coast walk, written on them. Two support vehicles were
with warning lights flashing, and the third was in front.
At the end of the first day the
group stopped off from their first checkpoint and overnight stop.
Ben was already getting concerned
about Lee overdoing it. As soon as they stopped, he took Lee to one
said, “mate, we'll take it a bit slower tomorrow. I am worried
are overdoing it a
Lee laughed and said, “hey, I
understand, old man, if you can’t keep up.”
“You cheeky swine,”
“But you are right. Maybe we
should slow it a bit tomorrow. My leg is hurting a little,” Lee
“Ok, let’s get you to
Justin was already dealing with
one of the soldiers, who had hurt his ankle, when Ben and Lee arrived.
Ben saw that Justin was busy and
said, “ok Lee, jump up on that bed.”
Lee did as he was told and Ben
started to check Lee’s leg.
Justin spotted Ben, and said,
Ben laughed and said, “yes, I
but you are busy with Gareth.”
“Ok boss,” Justin said.
The next morning
The group set off again, at 8am,
and were heading further south. Lee had listened to Ben and had slowed
now it was Jon, Greg, and Matthew, and the soldiers, who were heading
Tom, Ben, and Lee, all walked together. Rhys and Shaun were walking
The group arrived at the second
night time stop, and they had raised a further £2m in
A BBC television crew arrived and
asked for an interview.
The group decided that Lee should
do the interview, and Lee was surprised when he was told the interview
going on national TV.
The interview was to be conducted
by TV presenter, Henry South.
Henry was standing by the groups
support van, and said to the camera, “I am with the brave young
Lee Thomas, who
was one of the main people behind the Royal British Legions Coast to
“Lee, welcome,” Henry
“Thank you,” Lee
“So, what made you decide to do
this mammoth walk?” Henry asked.
“Well, to be honest, I have been
under the care of the British Legion for nearly two years now, at their
Coldbrooke Hall centre, in the midlands. I decided that I wanted
something back, so I thought, originally, of doing this walk solo. But
persuaded by my physio to, do it as a relay. That way I get to rest,
wounded former service people can take part,” Lee said.
“So, I take it you are not
the full route from John o Groats to Lands End then?” Henry
“No, I am not physically strong
enough to do it, so former Sergeant Jon Dunnet takes over from me after
tomorrow. I believe former Corporal Andrew Thompson will take over
on Friday. Jon and I will rejoin the group next Wednesday, when we
Cornwall for the final assent into Lands End,” Lee said.
“So, are the entire group ex
service personnel?” Henry asked.
Lee said, “No, we have two nurses,a
doctor, a trainee nurse, and a soon to be trainee soldier, as
Henry asked, “So, are all the other people
doing the full route?”
“Yes they are. And along the
we will be joined by other people,” Lee said.
“So, it is a relay just for the
injured soldiers then?” Henry asked.
“Yeah, but even some of the
bodied members have been injured and have used the British Legion's
the past,” Lee said.
“Now, with us is another member
the group, 18 year old Matthew Taylor,” Henry said.
“So, Matt, why did you decide to
join the group?” Henry asked.
“Well my uncle was in the Army,
and I will soon be joining a unit for training. My uncle's best friend,
partner, both work for the Legion. My dad is a nurse at the
which deals with wounded soldiers. So I decided that this a good way to
keep fit. Like Lee already said, it is a great way to give something
the fantastic work the Legion does for wounded soldiers and their
this country,” Matthew said.
“Thank you guys,”
“Now, if you want to make a
donation, please visit our website. There is a link there. This is
reporting for BBC News, with the coast to coast walkers in
The next morning
Rain was lashing down, and the
group started the third day, the final day for Lee.
They finally arrived a few hours
later at the English border, and Lee spotted a car parked at the side
road. Jon Dunnet was waiting beside the car and smiled and said
“hey mate, you
Lee laughed and said, “sure
Lee shook Jon’s hand and stood
beside the car, as the rest of the guys arrived. He waved them off, as
carried on until the overnight stop in Berwick upon Tweed.
Lee left the group and headed
back to Coldbrooke Hall.
Jon Dunnet, and the group, arrived
in Berwick an hour or so later. They were met by another camera crew,
from Sky. They requested an interview, but were disappointed when they
that Lee had gone home.
Jon Dunnet and Tom went and met
up with the interviewer, Karen Hardcastle.
“So, Tom, why did you want to
part in this walk, and do you think it is a good way to get
I have been dealing with injured
soldiers for a good few years now, and I think it is time for me to do
to help these wonderful people, like Lee, John, and Andrew, who have
through hell over the years. Yeah, by the look of it, we have raised a
few donations, so yeah, it is a good way to raise money,” Tom
“So Jon, why did you decide to
join the group on this journey?” Karen enquired.
“Well Karen, I was badly
nearly four years ago, in Helmand, and I was quickly put into the care
the Legion. For the last two years, I have been working for their
know the good work they do, and I also know how hard it is to get
carry out these tasks,” Jon said.
“So, what does the total stand
now?” Karen said.
“Well, as of this morning, not
counting the six million we already have guaranteed, we have raised
million,” Tom said.
“So, how much do you need to
raise?” Karen said.
“Well, to be honest, we have
already passed our original goal,” Jon said.
“Will all the money you raise
to the royal British Legion, or to other charities, as well?”
“No, all the money raised on
walk is going directly to the Royal British Legion,” Tom said.
The next morning
Headed down south, the collection
buckets were soon getting full, as the group passed through villages
route to Hull. The group arrived at their overnight stop in Hull, to a
The team were met by the BBC News
crew again, and Henry South was waiting.
He walked over to Gareth and said,
“how’s it been today?”
“Well, it’s been
gruelling, to be
honest, in this rain. But nothing a warm shower and sleep won’t
“You are one of the serving
soldiers doing this walk. What do you think of the injured guys?”
“I have a hell of a lot of
respect for them, to be honest. I doubt if I was badly injured, like
would undertake this walk,” Gareth replied.
Henry smiled and said, “thank
Henry then found Jon and said,
“how have you found these conditions today?”
“Well, I have been out in worse,
but it would have been nice if the rain would stop,” Jon said
Henry kept noticing the tight
khaki trouser Gareth had on, hugged a tight arse, and he felt his cock
a few times. Henry looked into the camera and said, “well, the
coast to coast
walkers have made it to Hull, and tomorrow they go across country and
finish at Cheedam barracks. This is Henry South, reporting for BBC
coast to coast walkers in Hull.”
Gareth had actually spotted Henry
looking at his arse a couple of times, and decided to see if he had
Gareth grabbed a pair of trackies,
from his kit bag, and started to drop his trousers. Henry noticed and
the khaki trousers went down, revealing a pair of tight white boxer
Gareth saw Henry watching and
knew he hadn’t misread the signs.
Gareth saw Henry headed towards
the bar in the hotel, where the group were staying. Gareth
isn’t allowed to
drink, while on the walk, but followed Henry. Henry was sat at the bar
walked over and sat down on the stool next to Henry and said,
Henry looked at Gareth and said,
Gareth laughed and said, “room
in 5, if you want it,” and walked away.
Henry couldn’t believe
it, but drunk his orange juice and
headed off to room 3. He nervously walked to the door and tried the
door opened, and Henry walked through the door to see the young solider
the bed, stark naked. Henry went “wow,” and closed
the door and locked it. He
quickly stripped his clothes, and walked over and grabbed Gareth and
Gareth then moved down Henry’s
smooth body, and started to suck on his nipples. Henry moaned loudly,
soldier sucked more and more. Gareth
moved down further, and slowly took hold of Henry’s 6
½ inch uncut cock into his
hand, and started to wank it. Gareth smiled, as Henry moaned. Gareth
down, and started to run his tongue over the head of Henry’s
started to suck on Henry’s hardening cock. Henry was moaning
loudly, as he felt Gareth
suck his cock.
Gareth was soon deep throating
Henry’s cock, as Henry moaned louder and louder. Henry
screamed “fuck!” as his
cock throbbed, and he sent load after load of his cum into
Gareth’s ready mouth.
Gareth then lifted Henrys legs up
over his head, and started to slowly run his tongue up and down
Henry groaned, as he felt the hot tongue slowly push his arse apart.
pushed his middle finger into Henry’s arse, as Henry groaned
loudly. Gareth soon
had three fingers in Henry’s tight arse, as Henry was
groaning. Gareth smiled,
and lined his now rock hard 7 inch uncut cock up, and slowly pushed
hole. Henry shouted, “oh!” as he felt
Gareth’s cock push into his arse. Gareth
was soon pushing his cock in and out of Henry’s arse. Henry
was groaning and
moaning louder and louder.
Henry’s cock was now rock hard,
Gareth fucked him faster and faster. Gareth now had Henry on his knees,
over the bed, as he fucked him faster and faster. Henry was moaning, as
he felt Gareth
fuck him hard. Henry groaned, “fuck!” as his cock
throbbed again, sending a huge
load of his cum flying over the bed. Gareth groaned and pulled out of
turned Henry round, just as his cock throbbed, sending a huge load of
flying over Henry’s face and hair. Gareth laughed and said,
“fuck, that was hot.”
Henry smiled and said, “fuck
two men drifted off to sleep.
Henry woke up early, and looked at
his mobile. He saw it was 5am. He quickly got out of bed and grabbed
and was getting dressed, when Gareth woke.
“Where are you going? Its only
5am?” Gareth asked.
“Sorry, sexy. I have to get a
shower and get downstairs by 6. I am on BBC Breakfast this
morning,” Henry said.
“Ok, I guess I will see you
then,” Gareth said.
Henry walked over and said,
bet, sexy,” and kissed Gareth.
An hour later, Henry was ready,
dressed in a black suit and a white shirt with a red tie.
“Good morning, and welcome to
overnight stop here in Hull. Later today, the guys will walk across the
and will end later today at Cheedam Barracks. Today is also the last
Jon Dunnet. He hands over to Andrew Thompson, later today, at Cheedam.
rejoin the group, like Lee Thomas, when the group arrives at the
border, early next week,” Henry said.
“So, what’s the
weather like over
there?” Julie asked.
“Well, it looks like the
conditions the guys had yesterday, has passsed, thank goodness. I
would want to do another day like that,” Henry said.
“So, is anybody up yet, or are
still in bed?” Julie asked.
“Well, to be honest Julie, the
are all ready to go, as they will be setting off in about an
hour,” Henry said.
Henry spotted Ben and said, “hi
are you looking forward to today’s stage?”
“Yeah, it should be ok. And it
be nice to see some of my old comrades at Cheedam later,” Ben
“Today we will also call in at
Coldbrooke Hall, one of the rehabilitation units run by the Royal
and we will meet some of the injured soldiers. This is all about, and I
we will also meet up with Lee Thomas, there as well,” Henry said.
“So, it is another busy day
“Yes Julie, and the total
has now passed £12million. But you can still donate, follow the
link at the BBC
website,” Henry said.
“Thank you, Henry. And we will
catch you tomorrow. Tell the guys good luck,” Julie said.
“Thanks Julie,” Henry
The guys left and the BBC crew
headed over to Coldbrooke.
The weather had vastly improved
since yesterday, and the team made good progress. They arrived at
to a hero’s welcome. Dr Alice Bonner stood outside and
welcomed the walkers.
She hugged her son and said, “I am so proud of you.”
Greg smiled and said, “thanks,
Henry looked into the camera and
said, “the group arrived at Coldbrooke Hall to a
hero’s welcome, and several of
the staff and patients met them. There was also a reunion of mother and
son, for Greg
Bonner. His mum, Dr. Alice Bonner, who has recently been appointed as
of services, here at Coldbrooke Hall. We speak to her now.”
“Dr. Alice, thank you for speaking
us. What is this place like to work in?” Henry asked.
“It is an inspirational place
work, to be honest,” Alice said.
“When did you start to work
here?” asked Henry.
“I started to work here last
shortly after my husband died. But I had been here a few years
before that, when
my late husband was an inpatient here, after being injured in
“So, your husband was in the Army?” Henry
“Yes, Tim was a sergeant in
the Army. He was based for many years at Cheedam barracks.
later moved to Dundee, when he left the Army, but when he died in a
road accident, I moved back down to be near
mum and my son Greg, who was in college nearby,” Alice said.
Maurice Baker was standing next
to Alice, and Henry asked him, “so Maurice, what do you think of
these men who
have done this walk?”
Maurice said, “I just wish I
have done it with them, but my fitness isn’t one hundred
percent. I will join
them on Wednesday, for the final walk into Lands End.”
Henry smiled and said, “Dr
Bonner and Maurice, thank you. The group will leave here in about an
head off to tonight’s stop off at the local Cheedam Barracks.
This is Henry
South, for BBC News at Coldbrooke Hall.”
Henry found Gareth and the two
from the group. Henry gave Gareth
a kiss and said, “I will see you later, sexy.”
Gareth laughed and said, “you
Henry jumped into the BBC van and
the crew left, just as the group started off on the final leg of
hour or so later, the group arrived at Cheedam barracks
The group were met by barracks
commander, Colonel Jonathan Harris, and the whole of 4th company were
making a guard of honour along the road into the barracks. Major Andrew
stood in front of his men, and saluted, as the guys walked past.
Henry was there, and looked into
the camera again and said, “they, men of 4th company, saluted
the men as they
arrived and made a guard of honour for them. The men will tonight have
meal in the officers mess, before staying the night at the barracks.
Former Corporal, Andrew Thompson will take over from Jon Dunnet after
handed over the baton each injured soldier has carried, on the walk, to
Major Darren Tyler walked over
and said, “hi Tom, nice to see you again.”
“Yeah nice to see you too,
Darren. Where’s Alex?” Tom asked.
“He is off barracks, big case
at 8th company,” Darren said.
“Oh right,” Tom said.
“He will be back
“That’s ok. I will
catch him again.
I am not staying on barracks, I am going home tonight,” Tom said.
“Yeah, I was informed
Tom, and Ben and the boys, left the
barracks and headed home to Coninton. They arrived at their house to
find devastation. The house had been broken into and vandalised. Ben
looked at Tom and
Tom was crying, when he spotted
that the vandals had destroyed a photo he had of him and his parents,
on holiday, when they were younger.
He then spotted something else. A
little vase that his late Nan had left to his mum, and Tom had taken
with him to
Afghanistan, was on the floor, smashed into pieces. This hit Tom badly.
crashed to the floor and said, “bastards!”
Ben walked over to his husband
and said, “we need to call the police, babes.”
Tom said, “yeah.”
Tom called the police.
The men walked into the kitchen
to see even more damage. There they had smashed the window and smashed
up all of
Tom’s crockery, which he had on an old welsh dresser. The china
but some had sentimental value to Tom. They had also left the water
upstairs, and the ceiling in the kitchen had come down.
Jon and Greg were also disgusted
by the state of the house, and the vandalism was really bad. Jon went
old bedroom, and spotted that they had wrecked an old games console he
had had. It was one of the last things his mum had bought him. Jon
Greg was trying hard to keep his anger in check, but seeing Jon in this
Greg said, “I will fucking kill these idiots if I catch
Jon said, “come here."
Greg walked over and hugged his
partner and Jon kissed him and said, “we need to stay calm,
“Yeah I know babes, but look at
the state of this place. They didn’t need to wreck the
place,” Greg said.
“I know, babes” Jon
The police arrived. The two
officers were taken aback at the damage caused, and called in the
Tom phoned his mum and told her
what had happened. He also phoned Cheedam barracks to tell Andrew that
be able to join the walk tomorrow, but would rejoin them the next day.
News of the break in got around,
and even the news teams were aware of it.
Henry was on the late news and
the headline was read out
“Coast to coast walkers hit by break in
at their home”
group arrived here at Cheedam earlier, to a fantastic welcome. Retired
Tom Rees Andrews and his partner Ben returned to their home, in nearby
this evening to find that their home had been broken into, and heavily
vandalised. As a result, Colonel Rees will be missing from
tomorrow’s walk. But
his partner, Ben will be here for setting off in the morning. As usual,
have appealed for any information. Henry South, reporting with the
walkers at Cheedam barracks.”
A few days later
Andrew led the men to the
Somerset – Devon border, and handed the baton back to Lee
Thomas, who will carry
it to journeys end at Lands End. Andrew will rejoin the group for the
and alongside Jon Dunnet, they will all three walk together into Lands
had rejoined the group yesterday, but was still reeling from the damage
their home. Tom’s mum, Lucy was now staying there, while the
redecorated the house.
Lee took hold of the baton and
shook Andrews hand, and led the guys onward. Tom was feeling exhausted,
he would be fine to finish the walk.
The next day
The group reached the Cornish
border, and were met by Jon Dunnet and Andrew Thompson. The group
arrived a few
hours later, to a huge welcome as they arrived at Lands End.
Lady Jayne Dobson was standing
there, as Lee, Jon, and Andrew walked through the tape, which had been
Lady Jayne walked over and shook
the three men’s hands and said, “on behalf of the
Royal British Legion, I thank
you for doing this.”
Henry stood there and said to the
camera, “the coast to coast walk has finally made it to Lands
End, and I have had
the pleasure to follow this group. Over the last few days, from the
o Groats, to its end here in Lands End, now joining me is
of the main organisers, Lee Thomas.”
“Lee, what do you think of the
response to this walk has been?” Henry asked.
“Well, I have been really
overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received. I never expected
amount of people, who came out in the villages, towns, and cities we
and it is people like that, that
have made us
continue. So thank you, everyone,” Lee said.
“Thank you, Lee”
“The event was slightly
overshadowed, when two of the walkers found that their home had been
while they were on the walk. We now speak to retired Colonel Tom Rees
“Tom, it must have been hard to
carry on when you saw the mess at your home,” Henry said.
“Absolutely not. I saw the
of the house and wept. It is not the items that were stolen that
be honest, it was the other stuff that these idiots have wrecked, in
there was a photo of myself with my mum and dad, and an old friend who
few years ago, from when I was younger, that cannot be replaced. But,
did I think that I wouldn’t carry on. This walk was way too
important to me, to
let these idiots win” Tom said.
Henry said, “thank you,
“The coast to coast walk has
over £25million up to now, and money is still coming in. Henry
for BBC News, at Lands End with the coast to coast walkers,”
Gareth walked over to Henry and said,
Henry smiled and said, “hey,
Gareth and Henry walked away
towards Henry’s car, and the two young men left Lands End for
the nearby hotel
the group would be staying in tonight.
A few days later
Tom and Ben were settling back
into their newly repaired home. They have now installed an alarm and
systems. The photo was repaired by a local expert and Tom now has it
pride and place on the mantel piece in the living room. The china sadly
badly damaged to salvage, so the dresser is now empty. Tom has now
see if he can replace some of the stuff that was damaged and stolen.
Tom was glad
that he had taken his car to Cheedam barracks the day before they set
the walk, and the keys were with him. Ben’s car was stolen in
the break in, and
as yet, it hasn’t been recovered. Jon’s car was also
at the house, but Jon had
taken his keys with him, but they vandalised it instead.
Ben has bought a run around for
now, and is hoping that his beloved Jaguar will be found soon.
The whole family has mucked in,
getting the house repaired. The men were living at a rented house,
the house was repaired.
The grand total from the walk
came in at £40million, and Lee and all the guys were
Ben was at home when the phone
went, “hello,” Ben replied.
“Hello, this is Detective
Steph Reynolds, Ben” Steph replied.
Ben said, “oh, hello what can I
“Well, I thought I would let
know, we arrested three men earlier for the break in, and we have
recovered a lot
of your property and your car,” Steph said.
“Oh, that’s great
news,” Ben said.
“Yeah, but of course the
is actually your insurance company’s, if they have paid
out,” Steph said.
“Well, that car insurance
hasn’t paid out yet. They were hoping that the car would be
found, and gave me a
deadline of next month before they will pay out,” Ben said.
“I take it you heard the news
the other case then?” Steph asked.
“Umm no, I knew he was due in
court, but to be honest, I have been so busy with the walk and
haven’t kept up to date. Why?” Ben said.
“Well, he was found guilty of
but one charge, and that was one of the sexual charges. He was
years, Ben” Steph said.
“Well, he deserves that, after
he did to those young men,” Ben said.
“And, what he tried to do to
“Yeah, he really did try hard
ruin my life, but my family and friends kept me going,” Ben said.
“Yeah, that always
“So, what happens with the car
now?” Ben asks.
“Well, as long as you can prove
that no insurance payout has been made, you can collect it from
station tomorrow, Ben” said
“Ok, I will see you
then,” Ben said.
“Yeah, ok Ben,” Steph
Matthew has now started his
training, and has shocked even Tom, when he was selected from the start
undergo officer training. He is now training at Sandhurst College.
Gareth and Henry are still seeing
each other, when they can, and are very much in love with each other.
Henry is a
regular visitor to Gareth’s flat, when he is home on leave.
Jon has taken the remains of the
small vase to a restorer, and was hoping it could be repaired. He knew
a lot to Tom, and was determined to at least get it repaired.
Jon arrived at the local
restorers shop and went in
“Good morning, young
“Morning. I was wondering if
had finished the vase, Mr Harrison?” Jon asked.
“Yes, I have managed to put it
back together,” Will replied.
news,” Jon said.
“You know, this piece
a lot of money, don’t you?” Will said.
“Yeah, but it has great
sentimental value to my dad,” Jon said.
“Oh ok,” Will said.
“I will go and get it for
Will fetched the vase and Jon
gasped, as you couldn’t tell it had been in pieces a few days
smiled and said. “wow, that looks great.”
“Well, it went back together
really well,” Will said.
“So how much do I owe you for
work?” Jon asked.
“Well, to you £70,
young man,” Will
fantastic,” Jon said, and
handed Will the cash.”
Jon carefully placed the vase
into a box, and took it home to Coninton.
Jon arrived at the house before
Tom or Ben, and went in and unset the alarm, and went into the lounge.
the vase back pride of place on the shelf next to the fireplace. He
would spot it straight away.
Jon then reset the alarm and went
home to his apartment.
Tom arrived home a short while
later. He unset the alarm and went into his office. He places his
his desk, and then walks out of his office and goes into the lounge. He
down to read the evening post newspaper, as usual. He looks up and
vase. Tom gets up and walks over and picks the vase up. He looks at it
it back down, picks his phone up and rings Ben.
Ben had just picked his Jaguar up
from the police station, and was driving up the street to the house,
phone rang. He ignored it until he pulls into the drive and sees it is
Ben walks into the house and
shouts, “why did you phone me?”
Tom walks into the hall and says,
“Did you do this?”
Tom says, showing
Ben the vase.”
“No, wasn’t me. But I
think I know
who did,” Ben said.
Tom looked at Ben and said,
will kill him. It must have cost a fortune to fix it up.”
Ben laughed and said, “he knows
how much that vase meant to you.”
Tom smiled and said, “yeah, it
Tom phoned Jon.
“Hi Dad,” Jon said.
“Hey son, thank you for the
“Not a problem, dad. I found a
great guy to fix it up,” Jon said.
“Must have cost a fair bit
son?” Tom said.
“Not really, dad. And anyway, it
worth it, just so that you can have your favourite vase back in its
place,” Jon said.
“Yeah, it looks like it has
been away,” Tom said.
“Well, hopefully it
anywhere else soon, dad,” Jon said.
“No son, it will stay there
now on,” Tom said.
“Dad, I have to go. I need to
and pick Greg up from the hospital. His car has broke down
again,” Jon said.
“Hey son, why doesn’t
Bens Toyota Corolla now? He has his Jaguar back.” Tom said.
“Oh that’s a good
idea, dad. I will
tell him later,” Jon said.
“Ok son, see you tomorrow, I
“Yeah, I will be
round,” Jon said.
A few weeks later
Ben was working at Coldbrooke Hall,
when Alice came in and said, “be prepared, Ben. We have five
new cases coming
in from Selly Oak, later today.”
“Oh, ok. Do we have any
“Well yes, three are amputees
the other two are paralysed. I'm not sure if permanently,
“Oh ok, a lot of work
“Yes, as always, but we will get
through, I am sure. Oh and we have a couple of new recruits starting
well,” Alice said.
“Oh really, what departments
get new ones then?” Ben said.
“Yours is getting one, and
two, and we have a new doctor, Ben” Alice said.
“Well, that’s good. It
will take some
of the pressure off you then, Alice,” Ben said.
“Yeah, it will,” Alice
Ben was soon in the thick of it,
but then he spotted someone he knew. One of the two paralysed soldiers
other than young Gareth Harrison, who went on the coast to coast walk
Ben walked over and said, “hi
Gareth, mate. What happened then?”
“They blew up our carrier. I am
one of lucky guys. Two of my mates died, and others have lost
limbs,” Gareth said.
“So, what did the doctors say
Selly Oak? Is the paralysis permanent, or temporary?” Ben asked.
“They are not sure, mate, to be
honest,” Gareth said.
“Ok, well you are in good hands,
mate. We will look after you,” Ben said.
Just then, Henry came running
through the doors and straight to Gareth and kissed him and said,
couldn’t get away any earlier.”
Gareth smiled an d said,
ok babes, you are here now.”
Ben smiled and said, “hi Henry,
nice to see you again.”
Henry blushed and said, “sorry,
Ben. Nice to see you too.”
“So am I to take it you two
an item, then?” Ben said.
“Yeah, we have been together
the walk,” Henry said.
“Well, I knew you two hooked up
the walk, but didn’t know you were still seeing each
other,” Ben said.
Gareth asked, “What, you knew?”
“Well not me actually, but Tom
you two sharing a kiss,” Ben said.
“Oh shit. And we thought we
discreet,” Henry said smiling.
“Not to worry. Anyway,
to see you two are still together,” Ben said.
Ben soon settled Gareth in, and
left Henry there with him.
Ben went to his office and rung
“Good afternoon, Royal British
Legion military support unit,” Jon answered.
“Hi Jon, mate. Is Tom
“No, mate. He is out visiting a
client,” Jon replied.
“No worries. I will ring him
later. Oh by the way, one of our new patients is Gareth, the young
coast to coast with us,” Ben said.
“Oh no. Is he badly injured,
“Well, he is paralysed, but at
moment, we are not sure if he will get to walk again,” Ben said.
“That’s sad. He is a
nice guy,” Jon
“Yeah, he is,” Ben said.
“So, is his shadow, Henry, with
then?” Jon said.
“Yeah, how did you
know?” Ben said.
“Well, don’t tell
them, but I saw
Henry going into the room where Gareth was staying at Cheedam, and
let’s put it
this way, Gareth was happy to see him,” Jon said.
Ben laughed and said, “and they
thought they were discreet.”
“They were, to be
honest,” Jon said.
“Anyway mate, I will let you
on,” Ben said.
“Ok, speak soon,” Jon
A few days later
arrived at Coldbrooke Hall, and went into his office. He
still didn’t know who his department’s
new recruit was. Ben was catching up on some paperwork, when Alice
“Hi Ben, are you
busy?” Alice said.
“Umm no, why?” Ben
“Well, I want you to meet our
new nurses. Staff nurse, Mark James, and charge nurse, Ian
Graham” Alice said.
“Hi. Welcome to Coldbrooke
“Ben is the head of our
department, and you guys will be working alongside his department a
“So, how many physios does the
hall have?” Ian asked.
“Well, we have six at the
and we have a new one starting later today, so seven now,” Ben
“That’s a big physio
At the hospital I used to work, we only had two,” Mark said.
“Well, to be honest, we need
here,” Ben said.
“Yeah, I can imagine,”
“Right guys, let’s
get you to your
wards” Alice said.
“Nice meeting you
guys,” Ben said.
“And you,” Ian said.
“Yeah, see you” Mark
A short while later, Alice
reappeared, and standing with her was an ex colleague of
Ben’s, Richard Porter.
“Well, I never, Richie. Nice to
see you, mate” Ben said.
“Yeah, you too mate,”
“Alice looked surprised and
smiled and said, “Richie and I trained together.”
“Oh, that explains
“Anyway, Richard, Ben is your
of department,” Alice said.
“Oh wow, you the boss
“Yeah, I am. So look out, no
around,” Ben said.
“Yeah righ,t” Richie
“Ok, let’s get your
sorted,” Ben said.
“Come with me,” Ben
Richie followed Ben to a nearby
store room. Ben said, “so, what size top are you
“Well I am a small, but I would
prefer a medium, to give me some room to breathe,” Richie said.
“Yeah, they can be a bit on the
small side. I have to wear a large, and I am a medium normally,”
“Ben handed Richie four tops
said, “you have to wear these at all times when you are
“Ok, mate,” Richie said.
“Ok, what size
trousers?” Ben said.
“32 waist and normal
“Is 32 your normal waist, or
you a 30?” Ben asked.
“32 is my normal. Why?” Richie
“Well, if you want to be able
breathe in your trousers, I suggest you have a size 34, as they are
the tops,” Ben said.
“Ok, mate,” Richie said.
Ben handed Richie four pairs of trousers
and said, “ok, I leave you to get into uniform. I will go
sort out your badge. Meet me in my office when you are ready”
“Ok, no problem,”
Ben went back into his office and
started to fill in Richie’s details into the computer. Then his
printer sprung into action, printing out Richie’s details onto
a badge. Ben
picked up the photo, which Richie had left for him, and put it onto the
then put the badge into a plastic carrier.
Richie walked back in, now dressed
in his uniform. Ben said, “that’s better. Now you
look like a physiotherapist.”
Richie laughed and said,
“There is your badge. You must
keep that on your person at all times, when you are on duty,”
“No problem,” Richie
“Ok mate, lets go and meet the
patients. We have a bit of a celeb for you to meet. First one of the
coast guys, Lee Thomas, is here today visiting our out patients
clinic,” Ben said.
“I didn’t think he
here,” Richie said.
“Well, he doesn’t as
much as he
did, but he still has to have regular checkups at our out patients
“Oh ok,” Richie said.
Ben and Richie walked down the
corridor, when they heard someone shouting “HELP!” Ben
realised this was coming from Gareth’s room.
Ben ran and opened the door to
see Gareth on the floor. Ben hit the alarm button.
Within seconds, two nurses and
Alice came running into Gareth’s room. Alice
said, “what happened?”
“Not sure. Richie and I were
walking past and we heard him shouting,” Ben said.
“Gareth, what happened
“I reached over to pick up my
magazine and I fell,” Gareth said.
Ben, Richie, and one of the nurses
helped Gareth back to bed, and Ben said, “listen mate, if you
need anything, press
the bell. Ok?”
“Yes Ben,” Gareth said.
Gareth, I want you to meet
our newest recruit, Richard Porter. Gareth
was another of the lads who did the coast to coast, but he got injured
afterward.” Ben said.
“Hi. Pleased to meet you,
“Call me Richie. Only my mother
calls me Richard,” Richie said.
“Ok,” Gareth said.
am going to take Richie to out patients, and
then I will be back to speak to you,” Ben said.
“Ok bos,” Gareth
Ben and Richie carried on walking
down to outpatients.
Ben said, “here we are Richie,
Jamie, another one of physios here,”
“Hi mate,” Richie said.
“Hi. Welcome to
“Thanks,” Richie said.
“Jamie, I want Richie to shadow
you today,” Ben said.
“No problem mate,”
“Is Lee Thomas
here?” Ben asked,
“Yeah, he is in room 2. Why?” Jamie
“I want to ask him
Ben walked over to room 2, and
knocked and walked in, as Kevin was checking Lee’s stump.
“Hi mate,” Lee said.
“Hi Lee. How’s
things?” Ben said.
“Fantastic, actually. I am
to be a dad. Diane is pregnant!” Lee said, smiling.
“That’s brilliant, mate.
Congratulations,” Ben said.
“Thanks,” Lee said.
“How’s it looking,
“Yeah, it looks a lot better
it did last time,” Kevin said.
“Yeah, I should hope so
“Reason I popped in, mate, is do
you remember the young private Gareth from the walk?” Ben said.
“Yeah, that was the young
that TV guy was after all the time why?” Lee asked.
“Yeah, that’s the one. He is in
here, mate,” Ben said.
“Oh hell, what, how bad is
“Well, he is paralysed, mate. We
just had to pick him off the floor, just like a certain person, if I
right,” Ben said.
“Oh shut up,” Lee said.
“Well, I was wondering if you
would pop in and see him, mate,” Ben said.
“Of course I will. What room is
in?” Lee asked.
“Room 6, mate. Oh, and
don’t be too
surprised if the TV guy is there, because he actually got his
man,” Ben said
“Yeah, I knew that,
mate,” Lee said.
“What? Was I the only one who
didn’t know?” Ben said.
“No, I don’t think
many of the
others knew. I knew because I heard them in the next room to me in
Ben laughed and said, “well,
are still together.”
Lee said, “well,
Ben said, “well, anyway mate, I
“Ok mate, I will pop in once I
finished here,” Lee said.
“Ok, thanks Lee,” Ben
Ben went back to his office and
called into Gareth’s room on the way and said, “now,
don’t get out of bed unless
a nurse or a physio is present. Ok?”
“Ok. I wasn’t
actually trying to
get out of bed. I was trying to reach my magazine,” Gareth said.
“Yeah, so you said,”
“I have a
meeting planned tomorrow morning, with
Doctor Greening from Selly Oak, to discuss your case. We will decided
best course of action then. Until then, bed rest, but if you want to go
in the lounge, ask a nurse to put you in a wheelchair, ok?”
“That would be
nice,” Gareth said.
“But for now, stay there,
Lee is going to pop in and see you,” Ben said.
“What, you phoned him and told
I was in?” Gareth said.
Ben said, “No, he is here, in
“Oh ok,” Gareth said.
“Anyway, I will pop back later
before I go off duty, mate. Ok?” Ben said.
“Ok Ben,” Gareth
A few weeks later
Ben was at home and picked up the
mail. He spotted an official looking letter, and saw it was a similar
what Tom had had last year. He looked at it and saw it was addressed to
Ben opened the letter.
Mr Andrews Rees,
is with gracious pleasure that I inform you that you have been
receive an honour in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours
list. Should you
choose to accept this honour, which would welcome you to become a
Order of British Empire, you will need to return the slip below, to the
above. Your name was nominated for your services to injured soldiers,
Royal British Legion.
Ben was gobsmacked and shouted to
Tom came in and said,
“Look at this,”
handing Tom the
“Oh, that’s great
news,” Tom said.
Ben then noticed a similar letter
for Tom and said, “hold on” and handed Tom the
Tom opened it and read
Mr Andrews Rees,
is with gracious pleasure that I inform you that you have been
receive an honour in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours
list. Should you
choose to accept this honour, which would welcome you to become a
Order of British Empire, you will need to return the slip below, to the
above. Your name was nominated for your services to injured soldiers,
Royal British Legion.
“Oh shit,” Tom said.
“This has to be to do with the
coast to coast, babes,” Ben said.
“Yeah, it does. I wonder if
else has had a letter?” Tom said/
“Who knows?” Ben said
Tom then picked up the phone and
said, “let’s find out,” and phoned Jon
Jon answered the phone and said,
“Hi Jon, have you had your post
this morning?” Tom asked.
“It has just come,
why?” Jon asked.
“Have you got an official
letter, mate?” Tom asked.
“Wait, I have a look,”
Jon went to the door and picked
up the mail and saw the letter he opened it and walked back to the
said “oh, fuck a MBE!” Jon said.
“Yeah, looks like all the coast
coast walkers have been nominated. I have an OBE because I already had
Ben came back and said, “Lee
Tom's mobile buzzed and he looked
at it and saw it was from Andrew Thompson. He looked at the text and
Andrew has one as well.”
Soon the whole group had all
found out that not just Ben, Tom, Andrew, and Jon Dunnet had been
all members of the group, including Jon and Greg and Rhys and Shaun and
and Gareth and his fellow soldiers were to receive MBE’s. Tom
and Lee were the
only ones to receive an OBE.
A couple of weeks later, and the
news broke as the New Year’s honours list was announced.
The evening post carried the
COAST TO COAST WALKERS HONOURED
eighteen men are to receive honours with the main organiser, Lee Thomas
Colonel Thomas Rees Andrews receiving OBE’s, and the
remaining 16 will receive