Newest rehabilitation centre prepares to welcome first tenants
Tedworth House, the newest of the Army Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centres (PRACs), is getting ready to open its doors to welcome its first ever tenants.
The PRAC, set in the heart of Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire, one of the Army’s largest garrison towns, is one of several centres which are being created across the country. It will provide comprehensive support to wounded, injured and sick personnel and their families for life.
Already, key facilities such as temporary residential accommodation, classrooms, catering facilities and a gymnasium are up and running, which will allow recovering Armed Forces personnel to move in during July 2011.
Help for Heroes has committed £32m to the renovation and running of Tedworth House and, as the lead for recovery, the MOD has committed £93m up to 2020 to provide support to all wounded, injured and sick personnel.
This includes the provision of military and civilian personnel to co-ordinate, manage and deliver the Army Recovery Capability, plus staff for each of the Personnel Recovery Centres.
Renovation work at Tedworth House is due to be completed in spring next year and, when open, the centre will be able to provide comprehensive support and residential accommodation for up to 50 wounded, injured and sick personnel from all three Services in the south of England.
Private Josh Campbell from, 23 Pioneer Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, was injured in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was travelling in struck an improvised explosive device. He said:
“It’s been really tough since I was injured in 2009 but the treatment I received at Selly Oak and Headley Court has been brilliant and the support I get from the Personnel Recovery Unit has been fantastic.
“I am also grateful for the assistance I’ve received from Help for Heroes and I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of all the great support facilities Tedworth House has to offer.”
Tedworth House is just one centre in the network of five Personnel Recovery Centres that form part of the Army Recovery Capability, a joint multi-million pound venture between the MOD, Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
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