The Armed Forces charity SSAFA officially opened its Norton House Stanford Hall yesterday (Tuesday 28 May 2019) in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Providing safe, free and supportive accommodation to families whose loved ones are receiving treatment for injuries at the nearby Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Norton House Stanford Hall has been welcoming families since autumn 2018 but was officially opened yesterday by Lady Carter, Vice President of SSAFA.

Among the supporters that donated toward the opening of SSAFA’s Norton House facility was composer Patrick Hawes’s The Great War Symphony, which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall last autumn and has provided £83,000.

Hawes (pictured above) commented: ‘I wrote The Great War Symphony as a musical monument to those who gave their lives in the First World War. It was therefore a perfect fit and honour to partner with SSAFA; the tri-service charity who performed such important work throughout The Great War that continues right up to the present day. We’re incredibly proud to have been able to play a part in raising awareness of its crucial work, and to help financially with the Norton House facility.’

Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO at SSAFA, said: ‘We are proud to be continuing on from a successful decade of care with a new Norton House. Ensuring that military personnel, veterans and their families are given the help that they deserve as they undergo the challenging rehabilitation process is a key part of SSAFA’s remit. Norton House, Stanford Hall represents a new era of vital support, with emotional welfare remaining at the heart of the service.’