The first task for Help for Heroes when the Charity started back in 2007 was to provide a new swimming pool and gym complex at DMRC Headley Court.
Work on the H4H Complex began officially on 11th December 2008 when the Secretary of State for Defence, John Hutton and H4H Co Founder Bryn Parry dug the first turf. The new building was opened in 2010 by HRH Prince William. The Complex, which provides state-of-the-art facilities including a swimming pool, gym and research centre, has proved to be an invaluable resource for those recovering at Headley Court.
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In addition to the capital support costs provided for the H4H Complex, Help for Heroes have committed 1m to support the costs of the ADVANCE project (Armed Services Trauma Rehabilitation Outcome).
The £1.145m ADVANCE study is a vital new project to collate data over a twenty year period, examining the outcomes for battlefield casualties across all services.
ADVANCE will then be able to answer critical questions and provide clear evidence on health outcomes while enhancing trauma care and rehabilitation for future combat casualties.
As well as influencing all future rehabilitation efforts, the ‘ADVANCE’ study will have an additional impact on compensation and war pension awards. The DMRC Benevolent Fund will be administrating and running the 20 year Advance project which is expected to commence in the Autumn of 2014.
Help for Heroes are thrilled to be making such a substantial contribution to a vital and important piece of research into the well-being and long-term needs of injured military personnel.