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Cakes & Champagne To Mark Headley Court Move

The first of a series of events to mark the move of the rehabilitation centre at Headley Court to a stately home in Leicestershire has taken...

The first of a series of events to mark the move of the rehabilitation centre at Headley Court to a stately home in Leicestershire has taken place.

There was music, cakes and champagne as 150 people attended the garden party in the grounds.

This was a reunion garden party for former Headley Court staff. It's the first in a series of events to mark the closure of the site next year.

The guests included people who worked here as far back as the 1960s and 70s. In fact, military patients have been treated here ever since the second world war.

But Headley Court really came into the public eye for its pioneering rehabilitation work during the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.

Major Tim Clarke, a physiotherapist, described Headley Court as an "extremely interesting place to work" during those campaigns due to their cutting edge work with prosthetics.

Kim Brinkworth, former ward sister complex trauma unit from 2004 until 2013, said:

"it holds a special place in my heart and it's very emotional coming back today."

This time next year the first patients will be admitted into Stanford Hall in the east midlands.

Work started on the 300 million pound defence and national rehabilitation centre last April.

Its completion will mean Headley Court will close for good, but it will always have a very special place in the history books.

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