HEROES of today met the heroes of old at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House last week as wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans were honoured to welcome a visit from the Chelsea Pensioners.
Residents at the Tidworth-based Recovery Centre invited the Chelsea Pensioners to share their experiences and in turn, they explained all about Help for Heroes and vital role recovery centres like Tedworth House play. Bonds quickly formed between the Pensioners and residents, which were cemented as they took to the sports field and tried their hand at badminton, basketball, golf, giant Jenga and sitting volleyball!
Centre manager Giles Woodhouse said: “Our residents were honoured to have the Chelsea Pensioners visit their centre and they relished the opportunity to play games with them and interact, sharing their various experiences.
“We recognise the enormous debt we owe to these men and their colleagues and it is wonderful to see that they were equally humbled to meet our heroes.”
Veteran Mark Povey said it was a hugely uplifting day for him.
“I was born in Chelsea so for me to spend the day with these gentlemen was an honour,” he said.
“We got to spend the day talking with them and I explained the good work Help for Heroes do and how the charity has really helped me. They were really happy to listen and it was inspirational to hear them talk about their time in the Armed Forces too and share their incredible life stories.”
Chelsea Pensioner Alan Lee, 92, said he enjoyed a wonderful day.
“I’ve been to Tedworth House before and it just gets better. We get to see how Tedworth House is really helping our heroes and we learn so much from our visit. I hope to come back again.”