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Help For Heroes abandoned top-tier rehabilitation centers and laid off 90 employees as incomes fell in Covid


FORCES’s charity Help For Heroes abandoned its top-tier recovery centers in a massive pounding blow to veterans.

All four locations, including the iconic Tedworth House, will only help military service in an emergency deal with MoD.

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Help For Heroes’ iconic Tedworth home will only help service the military during an emergency deal with MoDCredit: News Group Newspaper Ltd

The charity is committed to providing lifelong support to veterinarians and their families.

However, its income fell by a third during the pandemic and it forced the layoffs of 90 employees.

The £ 75 million centers in Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Devon and Essex will provide “employee-only core rehabilitation activities” according to leaked documents The Sun has seen.

Help for the hero has previously faced criticism for wasting money on centers – including £ 24m to refurbish the Tedworth House, a stately home in Salisbury Plain, Wilts.

The sources said the MoD was currently trying to figure out how to use the websites they were opposed to building at the time.

RESCUE DEAL

The rescue deal would save the charity £ 1 million per year.

It came after the Cabinet Office threatened to cut veterans’ funding by 40%.

Help For Heroes CEO Melanie Waters said the charity will provide all of the same services for veterans “within the community”.

“We are not stopping any of our services, we are just providing them in a different way,” she told The Sun.

“We are still here for the veterans.”

Help and support are still there. It doesn’t matter where it is built

Former Corporal Paul Collings, Ambassador Help For Heroes

The charity has donated Tedworth House for a century for a century of pepper rents.

She added: “At that time, when wounded soldiers and women returned from Iraq and Afghanistan the public wants to do something to support them and then the centers are the right thing to do ”.

Critics claim the site has been used regularly.

Former Corporal Paul Collings, Ambassador Help For Heroes, said: “Help and support are still there. It doesn’t matter which building it is done in.

A government spokesperson said veterinarians can get the treatment they need at the NHS.

Prince Harry visited the Help For Heroes gym at Tedworth House in 2014

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Prince Harry visited the Help For Heroes gym at Tedworth House in 2014Credit: PA: Press Association

It said MoD is still working on “the proper use of rehabilitation centers”.

“Both veterans and service staff will continue to receive the treatment they need, including through the NHS dedicated service to injured veterans,” a spokesman said.

“The needs of veterans over time have shifted to providing support close to home and online rather than in residential settings.”

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