A statement by The Black Stork Charity on behalf of The Duke of Westminster:
“The Chancellor’s announcement in the Budget to pledge £70M towards the capital cost of creating the National facility is warmly welcomed by the Grosvenor family and The Black Story Charity. From the outset the DNRC Programme has included the intention to create a specialist clinical rehabilitation facility for civilians alongside the armed forces establishment, sharing its expertise and facilities to mutual advantage. The Defence establishment is now open and treating the patients who have moved from Headley Court.
“This announcement will inject valuable momentum into ensuring that the full opportunity of the DNRC, as envisaged by the late 6th Duke of Westminster, is realized.
“Alongside the capital required to create the National facility, important work is also underway in the NHS, led by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, to establish appropriate sponsorship and project management of the National facility. At the same time an application to secure the detailed planning permission required to build the National facility is currently with the local planning authority.”