Bo’ness man helps a real hero

Chris, left, with John Paul Gillespie, has donted a flat for the former soldier to live in free of charge and given him a job
Chris, left, with John Paul Gillespie, has donted a flat for the former soldier to live in free of charge and given him a job
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A homeless veteran has been given a flat and a job thanks to a big hearted property developer.

Chris Wieczorek, from Bo’ness who owns Wizz Properties, served in the Armed Forces himself for ten years and was shocked at the rates of homelessness amongst former soldiers. He decided to donate one of his properties for six months to a down-on-his-luck veteran to help him get back on his feet and launched an appeal on Facebook.

Now John Paul Gillespie (32), who served with the Royal Logistics Corps from 2000 to 2003, has a roof over his head and a job thanks to Chris.

The veteran from Glasgow, who served in Northern Ireland, is settling into his flat in King Street, Falkirk and starts work with Wizz Properties next week, learning skills in property developing and maintenance.

Chris (43) said: “I was lucky when I left the armed forces and I found a good job working in security in the Middle East then started my property business but many soldiers aren’t so lucky.

“The rates of homelessness for former soldiers is sky high and I thought it was about time I did something to give back.”

In addition to helping John Paul with accommodation and work, Chris has also just purchased five flats in Falkirk to rent out to former veterans and he hopes to help many of them secure work and training too.

The father of two said: “I want to keep helping, The more work I get with the business, the more I can help soldiers.”