LUDLOW MP Philip Dunne has visited the Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Centre at Lilleshall, Shropshire, to see the way in which they support recovering service personnel.

It is one of five regional Personnel Recovery Centres in the UK, providing residential courses for up to 24 people a week.

The Royal British Legion provided £27m towards the centre as part of their commitment to support service personnel in need of rehabilitation for injury or illness.

Activities are based around sport and teamwork, to promote self-confidence and improve motivation to aid recovery.

“I was pleased to be able to visit the Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Centre to see for myself the inspirational work they are doing to help armed forces personnel recover from injury, mental health issues and sickness,” said Philip Dunne, a former defence minister.

“The centre has helped 4,500 people since it opened in 2011, giving servicemen and women the best possible recovery, allowing them either to return to active service or transition to civilian life.

“This is just one example of how funding generously donated by the public to Royal British Legion’s appeals, like the Poppy appeal, goes to help those who are serving or have served in our nation’s uniform.

“As a former defence minister, and now health minister, it was heartening to see the real focus on delivering the best possible recovery for servicemen and women.”