PWS lends support to injured armed forces

03 Feb, 14

PWS has provided kitchens for armed forces recovery centre

Family-run kitchen component distributor PWS has donated four kitchens to the recently-opened armed forces recovery centre Phoenix House, at Catterick in Yorkshire. The centre is designed for sick and wounded Army, Navy and RAF personnel, helping their recovery process.The kitchens have been used to help servicemen and women learn how to cook meals and launder clothes, as they may never have had to do it for themselves.

PWS which supplies furniture, storage components, sinks, taps, lighting and granite worktops, fitted the purpose-designed kitchens which have been created for a variety of abilities. They include rise and fall units, so they can be used by wheelchair users, as well as Neff hide and slide ovens, for ease of accessing the cavity. 

As well as helping Phoenix House at Catterick, PWS has also donated a further three kitchens to the new Endeavour Recovery Centre at HMS Drake in Plymouth. And the kitchen distributor has pledged its ongoing support of the charity through vocational training on-site at PWS’ County Durham-based site. The focus of the visit is to show the types of employment available and to gain an understanding of civilian employment.

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In fact, chairman of PWS, Mark Stephenson was recently presented with a Hero Award by Help for Heroes in recognition of his donation of kitchens to the charity. The award is presented to individuals for the commitment of their support and Mark Stephenson was one of 30 recognised at Help for Heroes headquarters.

Help for Heroes recovery centre manager at Phoenix House, Catterick Mo Usman commented: “The support provided by PWS to Phoenix House Recovery Centre has been exceptional. The Centre was provided with four, top-end, high quality kitchens at no cost. The kitchens have already been used on a number of occasions by resident wounded, injured and sick personnel and there have also been a number of professional cooking demonstrations by high profile chefs. In addition, the vocation visits to the PWS production site provide valuable insight to potential employees.”