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Bought personally by the late Duke of Westminster in 2011, Stanford Hall, near Loughborough in Leicestershire, is set to replace Headley Court, the rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen. Headley, in Surrey, was opened in 1947 to care for severely wounded RAF crew and grew to become the benchmark in high-grade treatment for casualties from all three of the armed forces.

The site, however, is small and has limited ability to modernise and expand.

Now work has begun on the new £300 million Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre. The project was so close to the Duke’s heart he headed a group of donors intent on providing the funds to turn the hall into the world’s most advanced rehabilitation centre. It will become his legacy to a cause he cared about passionately.

In 2017, the 300-bed Stanford Hall will receive its first armed forces casualties and begin a new era of care for people who have earned and deserve the best.