In 2019 we worked closely with the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Benevolent Fund, which supports the work of the armed forces new rehabilitation centre at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.
Until 2018 DMRC had been based at Headley just outside Dorking and close to Denbies Vineyard before moving to its new state-of-the-art facility at Stanford Hall. Its staff and patients have participated in previous editions of Bacchus and had an informal presence at the start/finish area before becoming one of our official charities in 2019. It is a relationship we will continue in 2021.
DMRC is a tri-service organisation with a weekly patient cohort of 120, treating a range of injuries, including significant life changing battlefield disabilities. Each and every one of its patients has their own personal stories of their journey through rehabilitation. However, they all share one common goal as they climb the rehabilitation mountain and that is maximising their potential for their future. From some that may mean sporting and professional achievements, for others it is simply to be able to live independently or be able to support their families.
The DMRC Benevolent Fund enables the patients and staff the opportunity to purchase items that are not accessible via any other means. Everyone’s future is hugely important. In the here and now the DMRC Benevolent Fund aims to prepare patients to face their challenges through support, equipment and social opportunities. The DMRC Benevolent fund is able to support rehabilitation teams in establishing forward thinking and innovative therapy ideas by which to capitalise on the engagement and motivation of its patients. It is clear that without this incredible fund the rehab outcomes that are achieved would be very different. Without doubt, this fund allows an individual’s full potential to be realised in both return to military service or in preparation for civilian life.
The process of allocation of funds is monitored by a committee who review relevant research and clinical justification to ensure that the patient receives the most suitable equipment. This team of individuals and those who oversee and assist with the charity do so on a voluntary basis. This means that every penny raised goes directly to the patients and staff of DMRC Headley Court.Although the centre at Headley Court is relocating to a new purpose-built establishment at Stanford Hall near Loughborough later this year, the work of the Benevolent Fund continues.