19 October 2017: CarillionAmey attend farewell parade for Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre

Rear Left to right: Major Gary Hayes, Quartermaster DMRC; Peter Rushton, Fabric CarillionAmey/BJF ; Richard Ludford, Site Manager CarillionAmey; Peter Mitchell, Head Groundsman CarillionAmey/ISS; Frank Taylor, Delivery Manager CarillionAmey/BJF; Colin Rawlins, SDAM SDA 26 CarillionAmey; Les Bell, Delivery Manager CarillionAmey; Gavin Noble, Area Manager South East CarillionAmey. Front Left to Right: Jennifer Stannard-Dix, Water Technician CarillionAmey/ESG; Jaqueline Fairclough, Services Manager, CarillionAramark.

Staff from our Regional Prime South East contract were honoured to be invited to a farewell parade and reception for the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court, normally only open to military personnel, in recognition for their efforts ‘behind the scenes’.

The farewell parade was held in Dorking, Surrey, for the DMRC as it will soon be moving to the new National Defence Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall, Loughbrough. As a thank you for their work on site, our team have been offered inclusion in Joint Forces events and social occasions that had previously only been open to Service personnel.

The parade was preceded by a service at St Martin’s Church and followed by a reception with HRH the Countess of Wessex as the guest of honour. During the formal reception Peter Mitchell, Head Groundsman from our supply chain partner ISS, was presented to HRH the Countess of Wessex in recognition of his dedication to the maintenance of the site’s grounds over the last 12 years.

The Commanding Officer of DMRC, GP Captain Teresa Griffiths RAF has striven to create a ‘one unit’ philosophy as part for the ‘whole force concept’ for engaging industry partners like us and making us feel like part of the team. Our team at Headley Court work closely with the Quartermaster, Major Gary Hayes, the Commanding Officer and the unit staff to ensure we deliver the best possible service to patients at the centre.

Mick Harris, Operational Relations Manager for Regional Prime South East and South West, said, “The invitation to the parade and reception served to underscore the special working relationship that exists between our team and the unit. Both our staff and unit staff, military and civilian, marched along Dorking High Street behind the Band of the Queens Household Cavalry to applause from the public, who had lined the streets. Those marching were taken aback by the public’s support and found it very moving.”