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The Road To Recovery - Day 1

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8:12am 23rd April 2012
(Updated 9:19am 2nd September 2013)

 

For many troops, an injury or sickness means leaving the Armed Forces, but how will they cope with returning to civilian life?

All this week, Stray FM is looking at the work of Catterick Garrison's Personnel Recovery Centre.

Phoenix House provides comprehensive support to wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families for life.

Help for Heroes has committed £1.3 million to provide a temporary centre which provides accommodation, training facilities and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.

The charity has pledged another £10.7 million for a purpose-built Personnel Recovery Centre, which will be opened in early 2013.

Operating costs, estimated to be £11 million over the first 10 years, are going to be met by Help for Heroes, with a very significant contribution of £8.5 million from the Royal British Legion.

Brigadier Greville Bibby, Commander of 15 (North East) Brigade and York Garrison, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we finally have a facility of this nature. Even though it is an interim measure, it will be of immediate benefit over the next 12 months to those individuals in the North East who require state-of-the-art care to assist their recovery.

"The fantastic thing about this initiative is that everybody involved - the Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion - can now work together to ensure that our personnel have access to the right care, support and resources."

Stray FM has spoken to Mo Usman who is the General Manager of Phoenix House:

 

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