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New homes for vulnerable veterans open in Aldershot

Centenary Lodge

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:39pm 14th June 2018.

A group of 34 purpose-built homes for vulnerable veterans and their families have opened in Aldershot.

In an attempt to tackle limited housing availability for former members of the armed forces, Centenary Lodge will house veterans of different ages and backgrounds.

Aldershot, the home of the Armed Forces, was found to have a real need for affordable housing for veterans, after a nationwide study. 

Residents will pay a social rent, and the accommodation includes homes for families and accessible flats for disabled veterans.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, the Patron of developer and charity Stoll, officially unveiled the building to its residents today. 

Countess of Wessex

Craig Wheatley, one of the new residents, is delighted to move in next week, he said: "I can't wait. There's light at the end of the tunnel now, I'm really looking forward to it.

"It's such a lovely community, it overwhelms you. It boosts your well-being, and the place is absolutely fantastic."

Sarah Green will leave the Army in September following a successful 18-year career to take care of her severely asthmatic son.

She said: "It means that I can stay in Aldershot and my son can stay at his school and has continuity of care at the same hospitals."

"The affordable accommodation means that my family life can start to take shape."

The development began in October 2016, and over 120,000 bricks and 1,300 tonnes of concrete were used to build the homes.

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