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The exciting plans for the Equinox Centre have attracted widespread support from veterans, students, the Armed Forces and charities.

“When my wife died five years ago I was on my own and lonely. Fortunately, I was accepted as an ‘in pensioner’ at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and this has made a huge difference to my quality of life. I’m very lucky and it’s wonderful to be with kindred spirits. I just wish The Equinox Centre had existed back then so that there was something in my own city. The Centre is so badly needed and I’d have given it serious consideration.”

Brian Cumming MBE,

Chelsea Pensioner and former

Plymouth resident

“I am really proud to support this exciting project, which will ensure that 43 veterans will not just fade away but live in a new and vibrant community where their dignity and well-being will grow.”

Ian Sherriff, Chair, Prime Minister’s

Rural Dementia Task and Finish Group

“The ambitious, impressive and exciting vision of Project Equinox to create a thriving and healthy community of veterans and young people living together in a unique way that will add value to all of their lives is something very different. The commitment, drive and energy shown by Plymouth University and its faculties to bringing that vision to fruition is to be commended and admired and will I am sure bring great benefit to the veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in the South West.”

Robert Robson, Chief Executive,

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

“Haig Housing Trust, the UK’s largest provider of family rented accommodation to the Veteran community congratulate Project Equinox for this vital and ground breaking initiative to focus upon the accommodation needs of single, lonely, elderly Veterans, supported by a social relationship with medical students of Plymouth University’s medical school. Plymouth has a long standing and historical connection with the Armed Services which is not reflected in local services for Veterans, especially accommodation. Project Equinox will make great strides in filling this gap and be a pilot, a beacon, for other such integrated projects around the country. The learning and experience will be vital to develop new ways of supporting Veterans, and the country’s growing elderly population. Haig Housing Trust look forward to close association and work in the future.”

James Richardson, Chief Executive,

Haig Housing Trust