The Duke served in the Reserve Army for 40 years and knew, first hand, the high price that members of the Armed Forces can pay for serving the nation. He wanted to do something about it and ensure that seriously injured soldiers, sailors and airmen would feel looked after and get the best possible care.
The Duke initiated the Feasibility Study which paved the way for identifying the Stanford Hall Estate as the best location for the DNRC (more on the detail of the Feasibility Study and wider background can be read here.
The Estate was therefore purchased for the purpose of creating the DNRC, subject to Government approvals.
The Duke also personally led the fundraising campaign – primarily a major donor campaign to which he himself committed £70m.
The Duke sadly died in August 2016. He saw the foundations go in and the DNRC begin to take shape but, regrettably, will not be there to see it becoming operational.
As the 6th Duke’s family continue to support this initiative, his idea and his contribution to making it happen will live on in the work that takes place at the DNRC and, most importantly, in the lives of the seriously injured people who benefit.