Mark Wright GC House, Edinburgh
On 17th August 2009, the UK’s very first specialist Recovery Centre opened its doors to 12 new residents. Help for Heroes was extremely proud to have funded £0.75 million for the start up of the centre, which was the first of its kind to help wounded soldiers as they make the transition back to military or civilian life.
The Royal British Legion took over responsibility for PRC Edinburgh's running costs on 1 January 2011, with the Army continuing to provide staff.
Reports from the Edinburgh centre indicate that it has been a resounding success. “It’s been busy,” admits Commanding Officer Major Roddy Sutherland. “But the increase in confidence and morale in the wounded soldiers who stay here is astonishing.Within a short space of time you can see that their heads are up, jokes are being cracked and they’re already starting to talk about their plans for the future.”
Housed in a dedicated wing of the Erskine Home in Edinburgh, the centre was named the Mark Wright house in honour of Corporal Mark Wright GC, the Edinburgh soldier posthumously awarded the George Cross for his bravery in aiding wounded comrades as he lay dying from his injuries in Afghanistan.