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Injured veterans set for a new rehab centre in Leicestershire

The site of the new rehabilitation centre in Leicestershire. Photo: ITV News

A rehabilitation centre for injured soldiers is being moved from its current site in Surrey to a new, much larger facility in Leicestershire.

Headley Court has been treating ex-service personnel since the Second World War but is now set for closure.

The move to the Stanford Hall site near Loughborough has been made possible by a donation from the Duke of Westminster.

The new centre will be four times the size of Headley Court and is set to open in 2018.

ITV News Correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports on the work Headley Court has done to rebuild the lives of service personnel:

Among those Headley Court has helped is Guardsman Dave Watson, who lost both his legs and half of his right arm in Afghanistan.

He credits the centre with turning his life around when things had seemed bleak.

Guardsman Dave Watson talks about his experience at Headley Court. Credit: ITV News

I thought I wouldn't do nothing again, just sit on the settee and watch TV all the time but when I went to Headley Court and they had me doing the gym, walking methods and everything like that, it just built my strength back up and it's just fantastic.

– Guardsman Dave Watson

Although there may be some sadness at Headley Court's closure, one former soldier who was treated there says he is glad that a new, state-of-the-art facility will soon be available.

Ben McBean said: "The reality of it is, it doesn't really matter where it is, it's about what they do inside the building, so it's all about the quality of rehab that they get."

Prince William is shown around the facilities at Headley Court. Credit: ITV News