Nine Chelsea Pensioners visited the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester, Chavasse VC House on 15 April.
The scarlet clad veterans met Marty Wilson and Mick Macfadyen, both veterans of 2 PARA Regiment, who were injured during service. Marty and Mick, talked at length with Chelsea Pensioner John McNaughton, 81, who served in the 3rd Battalion Parachute regiment and had completed 22 years’ service.
John said, “This Centre is fantastic, fantastic…I cannot say it enough. When I was discharged there was nothing like this. I went from being a soldier to being on the scrap heap. Thank goodness we have this facility.”
The weather was perfect for the veterans to swap stories about their many operations in the award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden, Hope on the Horizon, which won the People’s Choice award during last years’ iconic flower show.
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