16 Jun Cutting the turf for the new Veterans Orthopaedic Centre at RJAH
Left to Right – Owen Paterson MP, Lord-Lieutenant Anna Turner, Frank Collins Chairman RJAH, Tony Stables Chairman Headley Court Charity, Mark Brandreth Chief Executive RJAH
Building work has commenced for the new Veterans Orthopaedic Centre at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital.
The £6 million pioneering facility is being built onsite at Gobowen’s Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH), a world-renowned organisation based near Oswestry.
The hospital had initially launched a £1.5 million appeal back in October 2018 to build a more modest outpatient facility for veterans, but is now set to boast a bigger facility, thanks to a £6 million grant from the Headley Court Charity.
Headley Court was the leading medical rehabilitation base for members of the Armed Forces before the transfer of those services to a new facility at Stanford Hall.
Following that move, Trustees of the Headley Court Charity, had been looking for worthy causes in keeping with their ethos and aims to support in the form of charitable grants from their reserves.
Air Vice Marshal Anthony J. Stables, chairman of the Headley Court Charity, performed the honours at the hospital, and admitted his delight at having the opportunity to be part of an exciting project.
He said: “The principle object of the Headley Court Charity, since inception in 1947, has been the medical rehabilitation of injured members of the Armed Forces