Ex-Prisoner of War Association seeks £5,000 for survival

An ex-prisoner of war charity supported by The Duke of Edinburgh is desperately seeking funds to avoid closure.

The National Ex-Prisoner of War Association is seeking a minimum of £5,000 a year to continue looking after the welfare of former prisoners of war, the majority of whom are in their seventies, eighties and nineties.

The charity has made three applications to the National Lottery, all of which have been rejected, and is currently attempting a fourth application.

Funds in the past have gone towards the production of a quarterly publication called Intrepidus. The 12-page newsletter, which costs around £700 to print and distribute, allows veterans who are on their own and immobile the chance to get in contact with old comrades.

Philip Chinnery, historian and editor of Intrepidus, said: "We've tried to find out from the lottery what it considers to be a worthy cause but to no avail.

"The Duke has lent his name to us in the past but whether it translates into cash at the end of the day is another thing."

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