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NEW facilities for disabled ex-service personnel were shown off at an event. Portsmouth’s Royal Maritime club held an open day on Monday to showcase what charitable donations from organisations such as Help for Heroes, Seafarers, and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity have been used to build. Attendees included the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Steven Wylie, members of the Women’s Institute, and chief executives of charitable organisations who were given a tour of the new facilities which included a disabled lift and new bedrooms. Cllr Wylie said: ‘It’s great to see the transformation. The building is changing so much and there’s a good future for it.’ David Nesbit, chairman of the Royal Maritime Club’s board of trustees, said: ‘We’ve been very pleased with the response we’ve had from other charity organisations that have come here and supported us and I think they have been very impressed with what we’ve been able to show them by way of the various improvements.
The Trustees and Management of the Royal Maritime Club are pleased to announce that the Club has received a very generous grant from partner military charity Help for Heroes (H4H).
This grant will enable the Club to enhance the facilities offered to its disabled guests, allowing greater accessibility to our 1950s building. It is the first step in realising our ambition to become the South Coast's premier 'R and R' facility for all Sailors, Veterans and their families.
The first project to commence will be the building work on a brand new, specially adapted bedroom suite comprising double bedroom, en-suite wet room and adjoining carer's (or children's) room. Our two existing 'disability friendly' bedrooms will also be fully upgraded and refurbished.
To follow during the year will be the installation of a new hydraulic platform lift linking the Club's main ground floor with the Trafalgar Ballroom and its balcony facilities, ensuring that our disabled guests and visitors have easy access to all our facilities, functions and parties.
The Royal Maritime Club shares with H4H the passionate belief that our military and naval veterans and their families deserve nothing less than the very best that we can give them.
For more information about Help for Heroes please contact Annabel Bowman, Help for Heroes Communications Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01725 514 276.