ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is pleased to have provided £22,380 to King Edward VII’s Hospital for its Pain Management Programme, which has been designed to specifically help veterans manage physical and emotional pain.

King Edward VII’s Hospital was established in 1899 and offers personalised medical care which combines world-leading expertise with excellent standards of nursing. The Hospital is a charity and relies on support to keep their treatments at the forefront of medical care. The charity have also spent years providing an exceptional level of subsidised care to veterans of The Armed Forces.

The Pain Management Programme consists of a five-day plan run by the Centre for Veterans’ Health with five follow-up day-sessions over the course of six months. The programme aims to improve physical functions, increase individual understanding of persistent pain, reduce pain-related distress to increase and/or maintain activities in day-to-day life and improve overall control of emotions.

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Sir Bill Rollo, Trustee at King Edward VII’s Hospital, said ‘The Hospital is proud to deliver the Pain Management Programme for veterans. Chronic pain affects every aspect of an individual’s life. The Programme can be life changing, not just for them, but for their family as well. We are immensely grateful to the ABFTSC for their financial support.’

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added: “Pain can be invasive and disruptive to the lives that veterans work so hard to lead independently when they return from service. That is why we are thrilled to support the Pain Management Programme because it will grant the opportunity for several veterans to find the relief they deserve.”

In March, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, alongside HRH Duke of Kent, unveiled a garden in Guildhall Yard to support the Hospital’s Pain Management Programme. The garden design was specifically made to symbolise the journey veterans suffering with physical and emotional pain. It includes symbols of obstacles and hope throughout. Read more about this special garden here.


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