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Working together for Yuvaraj

Several service charities and organisations joined forces to support Yuvaraj, an ex Gurkha who developed a brain tumour while serving in Afghanistan, and his family by providing accommodation, funding and care.

Yuvaraj served in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, in Afghanistan. During his time serving in HM Forces, he developed vision and hearing problems, which were eventually diagnosed as a brain tumour. He was transferred back to the UK where he underwent an operation to remove the tumour; residual complications left him with permanent health issues, including severe memory difficulties and reduced vision. Because of his ongoing care needs Yuvaraj is unable to live independently and requires daily support from friends and family.

Prior to being medically discharged, Yuvaraj spent a year recovering and gaining back his independence at the Queen Elizabeth Foundation Brain Injury Unit in Surrey. During this time various service charities and organisations were working together to help Yuvaraj plan for transition into civilian life.

The Army Welfare Service co-ordinated his transition, while Headley Court supported his recovery. Staff at the 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles assisted by arranging hospital appointments and transport plus accommodation for his family prior to resettlement. 'Supporting injured soldiers to regain independence and confidence in the community is the most rewarding part of my work,' said Angela Wickham BSc (Hons) DIPSW– Casualty Keyworker for The Army Welfare Service.

'It's been great to see all of these organisations working to support Yuvaraj and his family during his recovery,' said Geoff Humphreys, RBLI's Head of Property Services, who presented Yuvaraj with the keys to his new home on Friday 25th November. 'We are really proud to be able to offer this support to our Armed Forces Community including our returning Gurkhas.' Royal British Legion Industries provided the resettlement accommodation in Aylesford, Kent and supported the family moving in.

Folkestone Social Services and Kent Immigration Advisory Service provided much needed advice and guidance for Yuvaraj and his family during the transition, helping them understand cultural aspects and UK systems and services. The Army Benevolent Fund and Help for Heroes supported Yuvaraj by providing funding to his parents, for household items and for official documents. St Dunstan's providedspecialist equipment designed to support and assist Yuvaraj's recovery.

For further information about RBLI please log onto www.rbli.co.uk

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