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Newest rehabilitation centre prepares to welcome first tenants

July 1, 2011

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.

Tedworth House's historic link with the Army began in 1897 when it was purchased along with 6,618 acres (2,678 hectares) of land and became the centre of the new Tidworth Garrison. Photo: Sgt Ian Forsyth RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

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.

From left: Rifleman Linden Woodford, aged 21 from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, Major Peter Norton, and Private Josh Campbell, aged 21 from 23 Pioneer Regiment, outside Tedworth House. Photo: Sgt Ian Forsyth RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

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.

To read the rest of this story on the Defence News website, click HERE, or on the images above.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. jack permalink
    July 1, 2011 16:17

    All the best to our wounded heroes and their families. Good on Help for Heroes and the British Legion. Shame on the MoD for not doing more.

  2. Kerry Maria Lawson permalink
    July 1, 2011 16:24

    U guys are so amazingly mature. Ur life seems 2b at a much faster pace than guys I know of same ages. I’m so proud of U all.

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