Former Military servant salutes ‘life-saving’ Tayfen House
An ex-military man, who served in the British Air Force for 23 years, has paid his appreciation to the tireless work put in by the staff at Tayfen House, ultimately changing his life.
After leaving the Air Force, Graham Hayhurst, 56, currently a resident at Tayfen House in Bury St Edmunds, was made redundant from his next job.
The redundancy spiralled into a string of downfalls, including bankruptcy and divorce, which led Graham to a lengthy spell of suffering from depression, as well as having complicated drug addictions.
Graham spent another seven years living on the streets and institutions across the country, before making the move to Tayfen, which provides accommodation for single homeless people. Since making the move, Graham has lived at Tayfen for over a year and has never looked back.
Graham said: “When I first came to Tayfen, the support I received effectively brought me back to humanity and normality.”
The former military servant, who now spends two days a week collecting money and volunteering at a Bury Drop-in Centre, added:
“Staff at Tayfen take care of you and they take an interest in your life and help you regain your independence. During my time here they have acted as my safety net and if it wasn’t for them, I would still be on the streets.”
Graham now has his feet firmly on the ground and is currently going through the stages of securing permanent accommodation, where he will bid farewell to the staff at Tayfen, as well as, the many friends he has made close bonds with.
About Tayfen House
Tayfen House in Bury St Edmunds provides accommodation for 18 single homeless people, with appropriate levels of support. As a resource centre, it aims to maximise access to training and future employment opportunities for residents. Find out more about Tayfen House, Bury St Edmunds