Today sees the opening of Norton House, the "home from home" where the families of seriously injured servicemen can stay during hospital visits. Up until now the families of servicemen being treated at the nearby Headley Court rehabilitation centre near Epsom in Surrey had to travel long distances to be with their loved ones and to help in their recovery. Norton House is a six-bedroom house which has cost £1.8million to purchase, refurbish and fit out with equipment for the disabled. The money to do this was raised by the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association from donations received from thousands of people across the UK. The house was named after Capt Peter Norton, awarded the George Cross in Iraq for bravery in dealing with a roadside bomb blast in which he lost both his left arm and leg.
It should be remembered that this facility, provided for the families of British war heroes, was vehemently opposed by local residents who were worried that their properties would be devalued!Link> The Telegraph: Home for families of war wounded opens
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