York & North Yorkshire

Help for Heroes opens northern recovery centre in Catterick

Phoenix House recovery centre at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire
Image caption A recovery centre for sick and injured servicemen and women has opened in North Yorkshire

A £10.7m recovery centre for sick and injured servicemen and women has opened in North Yorkshire.

The facility, based at Catterick Garrison, is the first of its kind in the north of England.

Bryn Parry, co-founder of Help for Heroes, said Phoenix House would play a vital role in "inspiring, enabling and supporting our wounded, and their families, for the rest of their lives".

There are four similar recovery centres for service personnel in the UK.

Residents at the centre at Catterick, which is Europe's largest garrison, will be able to develop their own recovery plan with guidance from military and civilian specialists.

Help for Heroes said educational programmes, work placements and sport would help people achieve long-term goals, so they could either return to duty or make a smooth transition into civilian life.

The centre is a joint venture between the Ministry of Defence and the Help for Heroes and Royal British Legion charities.

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