Stone based property business Jeffries Property Buyers have offered their support to Staffordshire based Veteran’s group through a generous donation of the use of three acres of land, which was a former coal merchant site.
The use of the land has enabled the dream of a Veteran’s Retreat and Respite Centre in Harriseahead (near Mow Cop) to become a reality. The project is being developed by the Tri Services Veterans Support Centre Charity that has been established for over seven years and currently provides support to thousands of individuals and families who have served in the armed forces, through their Newcastle Centre. The retreat is the exciting new project for the charity with a wide range of activities planned.
Jeffries Property Buyers directors Ron and Julie Jeffries said: “We have always thought that veterans deserve our full support for the sacrifices they make on our behalf. When we heard about the vision of having a retreat in Staffordshire, we wanted to do all we could to make it happen. As we source land through our business we decided to help this project with some land we had acquired. The Tri Service Support Centre Chair Geoff Harriman, Kathy Munslow and the team are currently working hard to bring this amazing project to life.”
Geoff Harriman said “We couldn’t develop the veterans retreat without the support of other local organisations and business people such as Ron and Julie Jeffries. The aim is for the retreat to provide a hub where veterans can meet and take part in a wide range of activities such as archery, bush craft, tai chi, photography, art and bee keeping. In the future we will also be able to support veterans looking for a career change or to learn new skills such as construction and vehicle maintenance. We are also enjoying working with the local community and schools developing plans for a community garden and vegetable planting area. One of the main attractions will also be a wild flower memorial meadow and sculpture with places for everyone to relax. There are also plans to install eco-friendly accommodation to be used for respite for the veterans.
We aim to create a supportive, inclusive and friendly atmosphere where veterans can meet likeminded people. We have extensive links with local services and businesses such as Armed Forces charity, SSAFA, Veterans UK, Walking with the Wounded and many more. It’s been heart-warming to see that this project has not gone unnoticed and recently was highlighted at the House of Commons. Our local MP Jonathan Gullis raised the names of everyone involved in the project in the House, with the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Leo Docherty. We are looking forward to the retreat being fully open and operational by mid-2023.”
For more information on the veterans Support Centre visit www.veteransupportcentre.org
Photo: From left: Ron Jeffries, Kathy Munslow, Geoff Harriman, Julie Jeffries and John Painter