The Duke of Westminster along with Army veteran Andy Reid, have opened a brand-new facility for soldiers.
Leon House, funded solely by large corporates and with assistance from Step Forward Homes, will support ex-army servicemen and women battling addiction, including gambling and alcohol dependency and those suffering from mental health issues such as PTSD.
The 23-bed facility in North Manchester called Leon House will provide in-patient care to support them as they recover.
Speaking at the opening, The Duke of Westminster said: “Through my work with the Westminster Foundation I know how important it is to support people in confronting their mental or emotional challenges, as well as their more practical ones, such as finding a roof over their head. Leon House provides a great balance between having a space to call your own and enabling a place to share experiences, good and bad.”
Corporal Reid, who’s from St Helens, lost both legs and his right arm while serving with the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009. He has since dedicated his life to inspiring others and raising awareness to help veterans returning to civilian life.
Colonel Reid MBE said: “Leon House will quite literally save lives – there are so many men and women who struggle with mental health issues and related problems including addiction after leaving the armed forces mainly due to the experiences they’ve had and the things they’ve seen. We know that support for veterans is woefully inadequate – and that’s across the board, really, from housing through to mental healthcare – so places like Leon House and organisations like Step Forward Homes play a big part in closing the gap.