A CHARITY for veterans has had a £100,000 cash boost thanks to another charity.

The Veterans' Orthopaedic Centre Appeal, launched by the The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in 2017, has received the donation from the hospital's own RJAH charity.

The aim of the appeal was to raise £1.5million to fund a bespoke environment to treat veteran patients, and the donation from the RJAH charity has now seen the appeals fundraising smash through the £250,000 mark.

Craig Macbeth, director of finance and planning at the hospital, was delighted to be able to help out the cause.

"I'm delighted to give a £100,000 boost to our Veterans' Orthopaedic Centre Appeal," he said.

"This bespoke care environment is going to make a huge difference to the lives of our veteran patients

"I’m really pleased the RJAH Charity was able to support the appeal and give a further boost to the fundraising efforts.

"The work to support veterans is incredibly important, and we look forward to seeing these plans become a reality in the near future."

The money was presented to Mr Christos Oikonomou, speciality doctor in Veterans Arthroplasty, by Craig and Helen Knight, fundraising manager.

The centre will also allow the current Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service led by Lieutenant Colonel Carl Meyer, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and serving officer in the British Army, to be further extended.

The current service is the first of its kind in the UK, with Lt Col Meyer running two outpatient clinics a month to those who have served within the UK military, including National Service, with arthritic lower limb problems.

Helen is overwhelmed with the support shown to the charity during the last year.

“We are so privileged to have had so much support for our appeal over the past twelve months, which has enabled the Charity to make this wonderful donation.

"We have been and continue to be overwhelmed with the generosity of people who are getting behind such an important cause."

If you would like to donate to the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre Appeal visit www.rjah.nhs.uk/voca

If you would like to raise money for the appeal, please contact Helen Knight on 01691 404588 or at rjah.fundraising@nhs.net