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Ashbourne business raises funds for military rehabilitation centre

An Ashbourne-based construction company has raised £6,700 for the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC).


Brell Ewart, Chairman and Chief Executive of Whitehouse Construction and John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director.


Whitehouse Construction, have been supporting the Armed Forces Community for a number of years so decided to raise funding at their recent 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner encouraging all of their guests to make a donation to the cause.

Situated on Blenheim Road, Ashbourne, the company received a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award in 2016, as well as previously signing the Armed Forces Covenant pledging to support members of their workforce who are veterans or serving reservists.

The DNRC, based at Stanford on Sour, near Loughborough, is a clinical rehabilitation centre for both the Armed Forces and members of the public. It is an initiative by The Duke of Westminster to provide 21st century rehabilitation services.

Commenting on why Whitehouse Construction wanted to answer the funding call, Brell Ewart, Chairman and Chief Executive, said:

“We recently gained a Silver Award for employing ex-Service personnel and signed the Armed Forces Covenant. There are great synergies with construction and the Forces so supporting The DNRC is a great way to further reinforce these.
“We always strive to be at the forefront of civil engineering and Stamford Hall promises to be the spearhead of rehabilitation not only in the UK but globally, we wish them every success.”

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said:

“Whitehouse Construction have gone above and beyond the pledges they made in the Armed Forces Covenant and have managed to raise a large sum of money that will go towards the development of the new rehabilitation centre.”

The DNRC has a fundraising target of £300 million and are looking for contributions that could help to transform the lives of those who will use the new facilities in the future. To find out how you could donate, visit

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