Northern Ireland

Falklands Veteran Visits Northern Ireland To Launch Visionary Project

It is aimed at supporting military veterans and retired police officers both physically and psychologically.

Simon Weston with Joan Clements, Director of the Brooke House Health and Wellbeing Centre (Picture: Ken Johnston).

Falklands veteran Simon Weston CBE has helped launch a programme offering bespoke treatment and support to military veterans and retired police officers.

It is aimed at those who have been physically injured, or psychologically impacted, by their service and provides a range of services.

Brooke House Health and Wellbeing Centre is a charitable project funded by the Chancellor through LIBOR funds, and is headquartered in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland,

The centre supports military veterans from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force post-2008, and their families, who live in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

Also supported, are retired Royal Ulster Constabulary GC officers, reserve officers and their families, who currently live in, or were permanently based in, the counties of Armagh, Fermanagh or Tyrone during service before 4th November 2001.

Therapies and treatments are delivered within Colebrooke Estate and across Northern Ireland.

Mr. Weston said it was "long overdue", and that "the only sadness" is that the programme doesn't cover the whole of Northern Ireland - something, he said, which can be addressed in time going forward.

"It's making a difference in people's lives, but especially the family."