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Today is the last day for Gordon, our long-standing and greatly appreciated moderator.

We’ve collected together some of the tributes to Gordon from the forum since he announced his retirement.

We do know Gordon would rather not have a lot of fuss, but we couldn’t let today pass without marking it somehow. So, we thought we’d let you do the talking

“Hi Gordon, Just wanted to say thanks for all your help and support over the last few years, not only to me, but to all other claimants/ subscribers in the forum. You have worked exceptionally hard with all of our queries. I wish you all the best.”

Thank you Gordon
“Hello, I do not post on this forum often but I read it daily. I would to echo other forum posters sentiments about the sad news that you are leaving the forum. I would like to thank you for all of the information you have provided other forum posters which in turn has help myself and maybe many countless others. Your tireless devotion to giving help and advice I am sure has changed the lives of many claimants for the better. I would like to wish you an enjoyable and well earned rest. Thank you Gordon.”

“Gordon Just wishing you well in all you do in the future and sincerely thank you for all you have done over the years for us, we have had the best advice-we have fantastic results with your knowledge -patience and straight to the point advice, am sure the DWP are breathing a sigh of relief, but thanks to other Mods the fight will go on. Gordon thank you.”

“Hope I didn’t miss you Gordon, I’ve only just seen the posts. Wishing you well, wherever you are & whatever you do. I always thought you’d be here forever, take care mate!”

Thank you Gordon
“Thanks for always being here to help with your immense knowledge of the system. You will be missed. Wishing you all the best for your future projects.”

Special thanks to Gordon
“Only Just seen that your stepping back some on your invaluable input ... You're presence will be sorely missed on the times you're not around .. Massive Thank you for evey thing past present and in the future .. enjoy”

Thank you Gordon
“Gordon. You have provided an invaluable service with your encyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of the ever so complex benefits system and your ability and patience to convey this in clear, accurate and concise terms. Many Thanks”

Thank you to Gordon
“A very sincere thank you to Gordon for all the invaluable advice you have given to myself and countless others over the years. You have helped a lot of people to not feel so alone. It is a very noble thing to have given so much of your time so willingly for the good of so many. I truly hope you will be able to enjoy some quality time for yourself.”

Thanks Gordon
“Many thanks for all your help..”

“Dear Gordon I am really sad to hear you are leaving you helped me a lot with your answers and support for me you are benefits and work . Thank you from the heart.”

Gordon & all the moderators
“Gordon thank you for the help & advice for my successful transfer from DLA to PIP. Thank you to all the moderators for their help.”

Thankyou Gordon
“Gordon, you have been an absolute star helping so many of us with our endless questions on this forum. I take my hat off to you, you have done a wonderful job for such a long time and deserve the rest- though we will miss you! Heartfelt thanks for all your help and wishing you all the very best .”

“Many Thanks Gordon for the valuable help and advice you have given me over the years. You will be very much missed.”

Many thanks to Gordon
“Hi Gordon, I wish to thank you many times for the invaluable help you have given me over the years, without this help and advice I am sure my benefit entitlement would be different and my mental health a lot worse, so once again Thank You, you will be missed.”

..and a great big thank you from me

"Having read in the latest Newsletter that you are to leave the forum, please accept a great big thank you from me. You have got me through some very difficult times over the past few years. In particular around two years ago when I got zero points after my PIP assessmen, I followed your advice in what were very 'dark' times for me and finally got my award reinstated. I hope you enjoy a very deserved rest from what must have been a very stressful job.”

Thank you Gordon

“Gordon im not one for being over dramatic but you sir have saved so many people from the depths of despair and when they thought there was no hope you held their hand and guided them through the mist of form filling and gave them best advice anyone could. Although your going the battle isnt over and the other moderators are stepping into the biggest shoes i hope and believe they will be able to fill. I do wish you the very best of luck Gordon and thank you doesnt seem enough but thats about the best i can tell you at the moment. Bless your heart Gordon.” 


“I just want to wish you well Gordan, your help for me goes back a few years now and even when the subject was really difficult and harrowing to broach as in my first few private posts a long time ago you helped me understand what I needed to do for my sister and her benefits. I cannot thank you enough for that and all you have helped me with since. Time to get those comfy slippers on lol and chill a bit, you deserve it my friend.” 

Thank you Gordon

“Like many other member's, i would like to say a huge Thank You to you Gordon, your advice, patience,help and guidance has been amazing over the years and yes you will be hugely missed, stay safe look after yourself and enjoy your rest.” 

Thank you Gordon

“Hi Gordon, I just wanted to say Thank You so very much for all your much needed help and advice over the years, You will be missed!! Good Luck in your retirement, Love and best wishes”

Many thanks to Gordon for all his hard work

“Thank you Gordon for helping people. You have a well earned rest. Your hard work has helped many people out here.”

Thank you Gordon!

“Gordon, I just read the newsletter and see that you will be stepping down from being the moderator of the forum. I wanted to thank you for your patience, guidance and compassion when I was struggling with illness, bereavement and a benefits claim. Your advice helped me to keep going and find a way through the maze. I hope that you enjoy a well-deserved rest and wish you health and happiness going forward. Thank you again for your help.”

Goodbye Gordon

“Hi Gordon. Thank you very much for helping me. Will be sad you are leaving. Take care. Bye”

Grateful thanks

“What can I add that hasn't already been said. Thank you for your advice particularly since January this year.at my change over from DLA. You have been there for everyone for a very long time and I know that if it hadn't been for your invaluable advice (and other mods) there would have been a lot who wouldn't have been in receipt of the benefits they deserve. Enjoy your time behind the scenes.”


“I rarely post on the forum but would just like to express my sincere best wishes and gratitude to Gordon for his help on the occasions I have posted questions. Thanks Gordon - you certainly deserve a rest.”

Thank you Gordon

“I received the newsletter today and Gordon is retiring. A BIG thank you for all ur help over the years”

Huge thanks to Gordon

“Dear Gordon, I have read of your well deserved retirement from this website. A few years ago I was in quite a bad place filling in forms etc and turned to you for help. You gave me tha advice I needed but apart from that you gave me hope. I really needed the kind words you offered and so just wanted you to know that you will be missed. Thank you for all your help over the years, there are many many people out here who are grateful to you. You will be missed.”

Thank you, Gordon

“Just heard from the newsletter that you are stepping down as mod soon. I don't know how you've managed to cope all these years with a constant stream of frightened, confused and desperate people, asking for help on a daily basis. I'm quite in awe of what you, and all the other mods do here, and would like to offer my heartfelt thanks for your, quite literally, priceless work. Gordon, enjoy your rest, I can't think of anyone who deserves it more than you.”

Gordon – thank you!

“Gordon, I've just read on the newsletter that you are stepping-down from being a Moderator, on 27th November. I just want to say a massive THANK YOU for the help you have given me over the years. You will not realise just how much it has helped. And it's not an exaggeration to say that you've literally helped save my life. Really.. I wish you well and thank you most sincerely”

Bye and thanks a million

“I have no idea where to post this but have just heard that Gordon is leaving.
I have to say a massive thank you for all his work over the years. He has brought comfort and relief to so many. Best wishes for whatever you have planned, Gordon. You will be missed.”


#9 MariW 2020-12-16 11:21
I’ve been completely out of the loop for many weeks due to my own disability and the health of a family member. Therefore, I’ve only just learned that the forum has closed for an extended Christmas and New Year break. Moreover, I was completely unaware that Gordon has retired from his role as a forum Mod!

I joined the Benefits and Work community in 2012 having found it by Googling and finding an answer on this forum. Gordon was here when I signed up and always been kind, patient, and helpful, even when he was the sole Mod. He has saved me a lot of stress over the years. I wish him all the best for Christmas and his hard-earned retirement.
Mari W
#8 Eve Clements 2020-12-03 12:38
Thank you. I don't think you can really understand just how much your work has done for so many people. We would be trampled under the DWP foot, without people like you helping us up. Have a very happy retirement and thanks again.
#7 Julie 2020-12-02 17:13
Thank-you Gordon wish you well in your future ventures. I couldn't have made a claim without your help and that of and the other moderators. :lol: :lol: :lol:
#6 PD 2020-12-02 16:16
Goodluck Gordon you have been great and will be missed on the site... Happy retirement Gordon xxxxx
+1 #5 Condor 2020-12-02 10:42
A huge thank you to you Gordon, I wish you well for 2021 and beyond. Stay safe...Regards Al.. :-)
+1 #4 Sparklykoi 2020-12-02 09:29
Thank you so much Gordon for your years of moderating xx
+1 #3 lesley 2020-12-01 22:50
Good luck Gordon. Hope that you enjoy every day in the future.
Congratulations on all the hard work that you have put in to this site. I recall that for a long time you were the only moderator on the site. Cannot imagine how you did it. Thank you.
Yes, thank you to Jim Allinson whom I recall helped me with a query.
+3 #2 Gordon 2020-11-27 15:37
A big thanks to Steve for this and to all the members who have posted in response to my leaving.

+3 #1 Crazydiamond 2020-11-27 15:32
Being a moderator is by no means any easy feat, especially as it is purely a voluntary role. Hats off to Gordon for moderating for such a long time.

Whilst Gordon has been a longstanding moderator, I believe thanks should also be given to other moderators, who supported the forum in the past with their time and knowledge, in particular, Pete, Jim Allison, Bro58, and mrshurtyback to name but a few.

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