Defence Secretary praises Broughton House

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson yesterday visited Broughton House and praised the care it provides to veterans and its vision for the future.
The Defence Secretary met with veterans, staff and board members during his tour and learned more about Broughton House’s redevelopment plans.
The two-acre site is to be transformed into a Veterans’ Care Village in a £14m scheme.
Mr Williamson praised Broughton House for being a “truly inspiring charity which makes such a difference to so many people’s lives”.
During his visit, he chatted with veterans George Simms, Ken Ashworth, Paul Harbron, Jack Pilkington and Geoff Stott, along with Gavin Jones, a former gunner in the RAF Regiment who is leading Broughton House’s Armed Forces Support Hub.
The Hub helps ex-servicemen and women transition successfully to civilian life by offering assistance with health, welfare, housing, social and employment issues.
Mr Williamson also met Broughton House president and Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren Smith, chairman Sir Netar Mallick, trustees George Almond and Edith Conn, and members of the Broughton House staff.
As a long term supporter of Broughton House (watch this space for further details!), I would like to thank the Defence Secretary for yesterday’s visit and echo his sentiments about the wonderful difference the charity makes to the lives of so many ex-servicemen and women.
Hilary Meredith