21 June 2018
The Duke of Westminster hands over the gift of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre
Today (21 June 2018), The Duke of Westminster handed over the gift of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC).
It was received by the Prime Minister at a special event held in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.
Watch this short film to find out more about the initiative.
The DNRC is an investment in clinical rehabilitation for the Armed Forces with the potential for a complementary civilian (i.e. ‘National’ facility) on the same site. It is a £300m programme to provide a bespoke and purpose-built successor to the existing Defence rehabilitation establishment at Headley Court in Surrey treating injured soldiers, sailors and airmen.
The DNRC was the initiative of The 6th Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor, who led the charity fundraising drive with a personal founding gift of £70m.
The Duke of Westminster, on behalf of his father who died in 2016, formally handed over the gift of the DNRC to The Prime Minister who accepted on behalf of the nation.
The Duke of Westminster said: “My father served in the Reserve Army for 40 years and knew first-hand the high price that soldiers, sailors and airmen can pay – he wanted to do something to help. Today, I am immensely proud to be handing over this hugely impressive new Defence facility made possible by his initiative and the tremendous support of others. I hope that the DNRC’s full potential can be realised and, if that happens, it will be a remarkable legacy.”
Grosvenor Group is proud to have contributed both financially, and in terms of knowledge and expertise, to the successful development of this initiative.
To find out more please visit: www.thednrc.org.uk