RBL awards grant to SSAFA Norton House Surrey
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In 2008 SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, responded to a campaign by Sue Norton and her husband, Captain Peter Norton, who was injured while serving in Iraq - to provide a free home away from home for relatives visiting injured family members, raising the funds to open the first Norton House in Surrey near the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court in just six months, with Norton House Selly Oak Birmingham, near the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, following in 2009.
Rehabilitation after an illness or injury can be really tough and can take years, but SSAFA knows that recovery can be much easier when the injured personnel have their family by their side. Since 2008, Norton House, Surrey, has housed 782 patients and their families (a total of 2,824 residents), some of which might be patients returning for continued treatment for their injuries at Headley Court.
Each house can accommodate up to six families at any one time in six bedrooms, four of which have en-suites. In addition to the bedrooms, there are two spacious lounges, a kitted-out large kitchen with open-plan dining area, a self-contained flat used to assist rehabilitation for those returning home, a laundry Room, a large garden and patio area, a quiet room and the all important children's playroom providing families with a homely environment during their family member’s treatment.
The £19,989 kindly awarded to SSAFA by The Royal British Legion, will help Norton House to continue to provide a warm, relaxing environment for the families of those in rehabilitation.
Tegan Jones, Director of Fundraising at SSAFA said: ‘We are delighted to receive this grant from The Royal British Legion. This generous support will make a significant difference to the lives of service personnel, veterans and their families who come to SSAFA needing support.’
Daniel Elser, Head of Grants & Social Policy at The Royal British Legion, said:
“Norton House Surrey is an invaluable resource which accommodates families while their loved ones are being treated at Headley Court. The rehabilitation and recovery of injured servicemen is often aided by them having their families by their side, and SSAFA’s Norton House Surrey makes a real difference. This grant will help to allow the site to continue to provide the service. We are proud to support injured personnel and their families in this way.”