SSAFA celebrate 10 years of Norton House Headley Court

SSAFA Norton House Headley Court celebrate 10 years

11 May 2018

SSAFA Norton House Headley Court celebrate ten years

The celebration was attended by National Chairman Sir Gary Coward who opened the speeches, joined by The Lord Dannatt and former resident Major Bernie Board.

Headley Court was set up in response to a campaign led by Sue Norton, after her husband Captain Peter Norton was injured while serving in Iraq. Realising the logistical strain that supporting an injured relative through the rehabilitation process can bring, Norton House Headley Court was created as the first UK home away from home focusing on emotional welfare. Since opening in February 2008, the home has supported more than 4,000 beneficiaries.

The celebration was a resounding success with National Chairman Sir Gary Coward opening the speeches, followed by The Lord Dannatt who spoke with passion and emotion for SSAFA and the home. Major Bernie Board, a former resident (pictured below) spoke about his time at Headley Court and his heartfelt warmth for all who have made the home what it is today. Group Captain Teresa Griffith, Commanding Officer, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court, spoke about the excellent relationship between SSAFA and DMRC and the future opportunities at Norton House Stanford Hall. The Rt Honorable Tobias Ellwood, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans, rounded off the speeches thanking everyone and reiterating the value of SSAFA and the DMRC.

We are extremely proud of what has been achieved at Norton House Headley Court and grateful to all the generous donors and supporters, and all the staff who have worked tirelessy to ensure families are supported during what can be a difficult time.