Patron Mike Tindall visit’s Headley Court

On the 16h July RFH Patron Mike Tindall MBE, Committee Chairman Simon Bailey, Alan Lamb Head Of Fundraising and PR Director Gerard Franklin all attended Hedley Court DMRC (Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre ) Headley Court in Epsom Surrey on behalf of Rugby For Heroes.

The Rugby For Heroes team were welcomed by Commanding Officer DMRC Surgeon Captain Paul Hughes RN (CO DMRC) along with Captain Gary Wallace and Major Ian “Wilki”Wilkins who escorted the team on a guided tour of the facilities at Headley Court.

The RFH team met patients and staff at the centre and were truly overwhelmed and inspired in equal measure by the incredible work taking place.

It was clear to see what an impact the visit had made with many of the staff and patients meeting Patron Mike Tindall, who had the previous day announced his retirement from professional rugby as a player. Mike chatted with staff and patients learning about their individual stories and personal recovery. He also took part in a game of wheelchair basketball along with staff and patients at the centre,

The tour of DMRC Headley Court came about as a result of the intervention of Major Graham “Spike” Quant, a serving Major in the British Army and also military liaison for Rugby For Heroes and a committee member.

RFH Head Of Fundraising Alan Lamb visited the centre as part of the RFH fundraising initiatives for 2014/2015 and to look at ways in which Rugby For Heroes could help raise funds or provide practical help and assistance for the patients and staff at Headley Court.

At the time of Alan’s visit he met a then patient, Major Ian Wilkins, a big rugby fan and former player. Alan learned that Major Wilkins was in rehabilitation at the neurological ward following a major operation to remove a brain tumour. Major Wilkins, like many of the men and women at Headley Court had his own journey of personal recovery and rehabilitation.

Incredibly some weeks later Major Wilkins had made a full recovery and was in military uniform and along with Captain Gary Wallace escorted the team around the facilities.

Commenting on the visit Mike Tindall said: “ I was truly honoured to have been invited to see the staff, patients and facilities at Headley Court and the ground breaking work they are doing there. The patients recovery from terrible trauma and injury is not just down to the incredible work of the Commanding Officer Surgeon Captain Paul Hughes and his amazing team of doctors nurses, therapists and PT instructors, but also the facilities at Headley Court that greatly assist in patients recovery. I was humbled and inspired at meeting the patients, their tenacity, courage and work ethic in their own recovery and rehabilitation is like nothing I have ever seen, they are truly incredible and inspirational men and women. I am very pleased and proud that Rugby For Heroes will be able to support Headley Court as one of our charitable benefactors.”

Rugby For Heroes working in partnership with one of our corporate supporters Forest Garden www.forestgarden.co.uk will be providing practical help for Headley Court and their patients by donating a gardening workshop for the Headley Court patients garden.

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