Dame Kelly Holmes pledges her support for RJAH Veterans’ Centre Appeal

Release Date: 23/11/2018

Dame Kelly Holmes pledges her support for RJAH Veterans’ Centre Appeal

A double Olympic champion has publicly announced her backing for The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital’s (RJAH) latest fundraising campaign in a special video message.

Dame Kelly Holmes, who has recently been appointed as an Honorary Colonel, has voiced her support for the Oswestry-based hospital’s fundraising appeal to raise £1.5 million to build a dedicated Veterans Orthopaedic Centre that will be the first of its kind in the UK.

A patron of the Trust’s Veterans Orthopaedic Centre Appeal, Dame Kelly said she feels “proud” to lending her support to the campaign.

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In the video message to the hospital and its staff, she says: “Having been in the services myself and now a veteran, I know how important it is to support the veterans through anything that might have happened in their service.

“I’m proud that I can say, I’m ex-Military but also I’m proud to put my name behind something that’s so meaningful.

“I know it’s going to make a massive difference to people’s confidence and self-esteem going forward, and most of all, that they’re going to be able to live their life going forward in the best way possible.

“So, I’m looking forward to meeting you and hopefully come and see the team one day. Keep up the fundraising, I know it’s always a hard task but I know you can do well.

“Good luck and hope to see you soon!”

Mark Brandreth, RJAH Chief Executive, said: “We’re extremely excited and appreciative to have the backing of Dame Kelly Holmes.

“Thank you to Dame Kelly for her brilliant video message, I know it means a lot to our staff, particularly those involved with our Veterans Service and the appeal.

“It would be wonderful to welcome her here and show her how the appeal is progressing in the near future, hopefully.”

Lieutenant Colonel Carl Meyer, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, as well as a serving officer in the British Army, and Clinical Director of the Veterans Service, first set up veterans clinics at the hospital in 2014.

This project will allow him to fulfil an ambition of operating out of a dedicated centre providing a full range of orthopaedic care to veterans and serving military personnel in an environment that is familiar to them and addresses their specific needs.

Last month the Trust’s Veterans Orthopaedic Centre Appeal was officially launched at an event at the House of Commons, attended by members of Parliament, dignitaries and business leaders.

There are many ways to donate to the project:

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