Dear Mr Burbridge and Mrs Guthrie,
I am sorry to hear about the fate of your father, Wing Commander Bransome Burbridge. Alzheimer’s is a cruel thing to suffer and I hope his last days, however long they may be, are as comfortable as you can make them.
Your efforts to cover his care costs are commendable and the decision to turn down offers of help must have been a difficult one. However I do have one question for you both.
Assuming you are quoted accurately across the two articles in the Telegraph, we have the following quotes from the 26th:
Mr Burbridge said it is a shame they had to sell the medals but feel they had no option in terms of financing their father’s care.
“After his working life he doesn’t have that much [in savings] and it isn’t enough to cover the costs.
“We thought, as he is the person who won these decorations, it is only right he should benefit from them in some way while he is still alive.
“Our family wouldn’t want to sell them if he wasn’t going to benefit. We’re reluctant to do it but we believe it is the right thing.
“It’s a shame but we are quite philosophical about it.
“I don’t think there is some sort of huge debt he is owed. He was happy to do the remarkable things he did and he survived. We value him more than we do his medals.”
and this from the 27th:
He said other families were not lucky enough to have such memorabilia to help fund their relative’s care, with some forced to even sell their homes.
My apologies if I have got my facts wrong but it seems to me after reading these quotes that the one thing you value more highly than your father and his medals is the house he and his wife lived in before she died and he went into care. Could this be because it will be worth more to you once he dies than the sentimental value of his medals?