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Work of recovery centre for military veterans celebrated

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A recovery centre in Essex for military veterans is marking 100 years since the death of the double Victoria Cross holder that it is named after.

Every month around a thousand people walk through the doors of the Help for Heroes Recovery centre in Colchester.

When the facility opened in 2012 it was named after Captain Noel Chavasse, who is one of only three people to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice.

Capt Noel Chavasse is one of only three people to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice.

One hundred years since his death of Captain Chavasse his great nieces have visited the centre to take a look at the work that is going on there and to see the legacy he left behind.

Brendan Gordon was in the army for 20 years before suffering a violent stroke that took away the use of his right arm.

He has been using this recovery centre in Colchester since it opened in 2012. For him, it has been a lifeline

The work of recovery centre for military veterans in Colchester is celebrated

"They take everything slowly and they'll allow you to talk and offload your problems.

"If it wasn't for this place and Help for Heroes, I wouldn't be here today."

– Brendan Gordon, ex-serviceman
The great nieces of Capt Chavasse take a great interest in the work of the Colchester recovery centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Taking a special interest in the work that goes on at the centre are the great nieces of the man it was named after.

Captain Noel Chavasse was one of only three people to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice - the first in the Battle of Guillemont in 1916 and the second at Passchendaele in 1917.

He saved the lives of an estimated 20 seriously wounded men while under heavy gunfire in the First World War. As a doctor, he tending to the wounded despite receiving serious head injuries during the battle of Passchendaele.

The Help for Heroes recovery centre works in partnership with the Ministry of Defence to help wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans.

The Help for Heroes recovery centre helps wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We'd like to feel that by providing activities, opportunities, whether that's career, academics, relationship skills, repairing the mind, the body and the spirit that an individual will find their own path.

"So essentially, for those who've put their lives second, we like to create the conditions so they can have a second life."

– Steve Schollar, Head of Recovery at the Colchester Centre