Since Help for Heroes handed back the keys to Tedworth House during the Covid pandemic, the future role and structure of the House has been in doubt.

Negotiations between the MOD and H4H have been ongoing for two years with, it is reported, H4H asking £30 Million payment for the four PRCs that they established across the country.

While discussions continue, I was assured by Major Amy Roberts, the Executive Officer of the Tedworth PRC, that the MOD has guaranteed funding for the next ten years.

At a briefing there last week given by the staff of the Personnel Recovery Centre (PRC) they explained their role to a mixed military and SSAFA audience.

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Captain Steve Hickey the Engagement Officer explained the role of the PRC and how they try to manage Personnel on Recovery Duty (PRD), as Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) soldiers are now referred to, with early intervention being key to getting soldiers back to duty as soon as possible. There are currently 1,000 soldiers, 4% of the Army, unfit for duty.

If there is early intervention, within three months of going sick, some 90% will return to duty. The staff run a wide variety of courses to assist recovery, while we were there was a Pilates class of nine working in one of the two huge well-equipped gyms.

Tedworth House looks in good condition, but in the words of Steve, ‘the House is falling down.’  That was evidenced by a kayak and dustbins paced to collect water from a leaking roof, dining room out of action because the ceiling had fallen in and most of the outdoor facilities unable to be used.

H4H left all their equipment, but some of it inoperative due to lack of funds repair or service them.

The small, dedicated staff are making every effort to keep the House going with many local units coming in and giving time to maintain the gardens and 28 acres of land.

There are plans to turn the House into a Defence asset which would release more funds and there are talks with the Royal British Legion to take a greater part in the operation of the PRC. If this happens it is hoped that veterans may be able to use some of the facilities - let us hope so!