The Royal British Legion commits £5m to rehabilitate wounded, injured, and sick Service personnel

The Royal British Legion is proud to announce a £5 million commitment to the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC), the state-of-the-art Ministry of Defence clinical rehabilitation facility which will replace Headley Court when it opens in 2018.

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The Royal British Legion is proud to announce a £5 million commitment to the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC), the state-of-the-art Ministry of Defence clinical rehabilitation facility which will replace Headley Court when it opens in 2018.

The £5 million will fund the building of a Complex Trauma Gymnasium which is at the heart of the exercise therapy programme at the new centre for Service personnel. The DNRC will treat a wide range of injuries such as single and multiple amputations, multiple fractures, spinal cord injury and other complex conditions. Operational casualties such as these have been increasing in recent years following conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and typically arise from blast injuries, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), mine trikes and gunshot wounds.

"Our £5 million commitment to the DNRC’s Complex Trauma Gym will guarantee the provision of state of the art rehabilitative care for today’s Service personnel who have sustained serious injuries, and we’re honoured to be part of this vital project.”

Exercise therapy represents a vital part of the rehabilitation programme for people recovering from complex trauma. The Complex Trauma Gymnasium has two distinct elements; including a full size sprung basketball court and a dedicated cardiovascular area featuring specially-adapted fixed equipment such as exercise bikes, treadmills, cross-trainers and rowing machines. The facility will meet all exercise therapy needs of complex trauma patients receiving treatment at the DNRC.

Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion, says:

“Assisting the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel has been a part of the Legion’s work since it was founded in 1921 after the First World War. Our £5 million commitment to the DNRC’s Complex Trauma Gym will guarantee the provision of state of the art rehabilitative care for today’s Service personnel who have sustained serious injuries, and we’re honoured to be part of this vital project.”

Air Marshal Paul Evans, the MOD Surgeon General, says:

“The establishment of the DNRC will provide Defence with a world class, purpose built facility that will endure well into the future. It will provide essential ongoing residential rehabilitation capability for Defence, as well as significant opportunities for the development of a centre of excellence for rehabilitation research and training.”

The Legion supports the recovery of injured, wounded and sick Service personnel and veterans in a variety of different ways suited to their needs. In 2012 the charity provided £27 million to establish and operate The Battle Back Centre, which uses adaptive sports and adventurous training to help people achieve their best possible recovery to either return to Service or make a smooth transition to civilian life.

Since 2011, the Legion has put over £5m into funding vital research at its Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London to progress understanding of injuries caused by explosions. Also in 2011, the Legion founded Bravo 22 Company, a recovery through theatre programme, which aims to build self-awareness, confidence, self-esteem and motivation in members of the Armed Forces community who produce and perform a play based on their experiences and stories.

This contribution of £5 million to build the Complex Trauma Gymnasium at the DNRC represents just one more example of the Legion’s commitment to supporting wounded, injured and sick personnel in their recovery.

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