Contributing £105m to the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre Programme


The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) treats serving members of the armed forces injured on operations or training. It is also envisaged that the DNRC will one day treat civilians with trauma injuries.

In June 2018, The Duke of Westminster formally handed over the gift of the Defence element of the DNRC Programme to the Prime Minister, who accepted it on behalf of the nation. The Defence clinical rehabilitation facility on the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate near Loughborough (the ‘D’ in the DNRC) is for the treatment of serving members of the armed forces injured on operations or training. It is now up and running, providing a bespoke 21st century version of the former Defence rehabilitation establishment at Headley Court in Surrey. We are proud, as Grosvenor Group, to have contributed both financially, and in terms of knowledge and expertise, to the successful development of this Programme.

Initiated by the 6th Duke of Westminster, the DNRC Programme was made possible by his leading the fundraising campaign for the £300m cost of its achievement to which he made a founding gift of £50m. That gift has been increased to £105m by the Grosvenor family following his death and the total size of the family’s gift will be determined this year as the formal fundraising campaign draws to a close.

As envisaged from the outset, the DNRC Programme has included the opportunity to create, on the same site, a National rehabilitation centre for civilians (the ‘N’ in the DNRC) sharing expertise and facilities with the nearby Defence establishment. Part of the Programme work has been to ‘enable’ the creation of the ‘N’. With £70m now pledged by the UK Government towards the patient care element of the ‘N’ construction, the NHS is this year conducting the full business case to determine the operating cost model so that construction can begin.

The Programme continues its enabling activity and this year has ensured that the detailed planning permission for construction of the ‘N’ is in place, as achievement of the civilian capability represents the true legacy of the 6th Duke of Westminster's initiative.

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