2010
06.06

Prince William pays injured soldiers centre a visit
June 04, 2010

A special guest was invited to give the royal seal of approval to new facilities at Surrey’s medical centre for injured servicemen and women on Friday.

Prince William visited Headley Court, near Leatherhead, to open the Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Centre.

The £8m unit was funded by money donated to the Help for Heroes charity, which was formed in 2007.

Bryn Parry, the charity’s co-founder with his wife Emma, made the first speech at the opening ceremony, in front of a crowd of guests that included former EastEnder Ross Kemp and SAS legend Andy McNab.

Mr Parry paid tribute to Princes William and Harry for their fundraising work for the charity, as well as the public, whose donations allowed the facility to be built.

“This facility will stand as a lasting tribute to the affection and support the people of Great Britain feel for those who serve in our Armed Forces,” he said.

“It hasn’t been created by a few corporations making large donations.

“The vast majority of the money has come from the hundreds and thousands of ordinary people who have done their bit to raise the funds for the complex, and they continue to raise funds. Every single contribution is valued,” he said.

During his speech, Prince William spoke of when he and his younger brother first visited the centre two years ago.

“We expected to find a place of suffering with, perhaps, a pervading atmosphere of desolation. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.

“Here reigns courage, humour, compassion and, above all, hope for the future.”

Source: GetSurrey.co.uk