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History

A Message from
The Prince of Wales

A Message from
Lord Dear,
Chairman of
the Trustees

Purpose

The Police Rehabilitation Trust was established in 1985 at a time when the escalating trend of injuries incurred by police officers necessitated the provision of a properly equipped and easily accessible rehabilitation centre. The special facilities required have been available at Flint House, Goring-on-Thames since 1988 (for full details and admissions procedure refer to www.flinthouse.co.uk).

Achievements

As its first major initiative, the Trust contributed more than £1.5 million towards the purchase, conversion and extension of Flint House which was opened by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in June 1988. Within only a few years, the scale and nature of injuries inflicted on police officers was exacerbated by increasing numbers suffering from mental stress. The problem became so acute that a decision was reached (never originally contemplated) to extend Flint House and, effectively, double its capacity. The Trust undertook to raise at least £1 million but, in fact, contributed more than that towards these development costs. That accommodation was opened by The Prince of Wales in December 1995.

By the mid 1990s, demand for the Centre's facilities had grown to such an extent that it was necessary to ration their use, by limiting to ten days the maximum amount of time that an officer could spend at Flint House. This was too short a time to allow a patient to derive full benefit.

Accordingly, land adjacent to Flint House was acquired for a 60-bedded building with a connecting corridor to the main Centre. This additional accommodation - Flint Fold - came into use in 2004. The Trust once again contributed in excess of £1 million towards this final development of the Police Rehabilitation Centre.

Over 30,000 police officers have so far been to Flint House. The majority of officers return to duty and all have had much praise for the care and fellowship they have received there. Assessment and tailored health packages, full hydrotherapy and physiotherapy treatment facilities with therapy and stress counseling are always available to officers who are patients at any time.

The Future

The Trust has, from the beginning, concentrated its commitment on funding for capital purposes - the realisation of the Centre, the development of Flint House, necessary refurbishment and the provision of further comforts and new equipment. That commitment must be sustained.

Further Information about the Trust and its present fund raising initiatives is available from:

The Director,
The Police Rehabilitation Trust,
202-206 Buckingham Palace Road,
London SW1W 9SX

Tel:020 7161 5108
020 7161 5112

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