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MOD Woodbridge open refurbished child care facility on Rock Barracks

PUBLISHED: 18:03 15 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:44 19 July 2019

The official reopening of the Sutton Heath Childcare Centre on Rock Barracks at MOD Woodbridge in Suffolk Picture: CPL. JAMIE HART - ARMY PHOTOGRAPHER

The official reopening of the Sutton Heath Childcare Centre on Rock Barracks at MOD Woodbridge in Suffolk Picture: CPL. JAMIE HART - ARMY PHOTOGRAPHER

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Families were thrilled yesterday as their newly-refurbished childcare centre opened - paid for by fines imposed on banks.

Excited todders and their parents gathered to watch the offical reopening of the newly refurbished child care centre Picture: CPL. JAMIE HART - ARMY PHOTOGRAPHER - 16 AIR ASSAULT BRIGADEExcited todders and their parents gathered to watch the offical reopening of the newly refurbished child care centre Picture: CPL. JAMIE HART - ARMY PHOTOGRAPHER - 16 AIR ASSAULT BRIGADE

The Sutton Heath Childcare Centre at Rock Barracks was officially launched after undergoing a major update, including adding a new sensory room to support children with additional needs.

Fines imposed against the banking industry in the UK were handed over to charities including the ABF, the Army Benevolent Fund, which received £3million to help improve the lives of current and former soldiers and their families, abroad and in the UK.

Lt Col Jeremy Robinson, Commanding Officer of Woodbridge's 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment, and Ian White, committee secretary for ABF Suffolk, were overjoyed to cut the ribbon and meet with the children and teachers who have benefited from the centre.

Lt Col Robinson said: "We are an isolated community here in Woodbridge so facilities like this are especially important, particularly for the families and children because without this we are miles away from anything.

Lt. Col. Jeremy Robinson, Commanding Officer of Woodbridge’s 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment and Ian White, Committee Secretary for ABF Suffolk about to cut the ribbon Picture: GEMMA JARVISLt. Col. Jeremy Robinson, Commanding Officer of Woodbridge’s 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment and Ian White, Committee Secretary for ABF Suffolk about to cut the ribbon Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

"As custodians of the station, it's our responsibility to ensure that we continue to provide these facilities.

"This was in dire need and important to us so we are very pleased."

Dave Roberts, director of communications and marketing for ABF, said: "ABF was founded 75 years ago, the same day Winston Churchill's war cabinet was planning D-Day, they were also planning 'us' in order to avoid some of the mistakes that had been made after the first world war."

Lt. Col. Jeremy Robinson, Commanding Officer of Woodbridges 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment having fun with the children at the centre Picture: GEMMA JARVISLt. Col. Jeremy Robinson, Commanding Officer of Woodbridges 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment having fun with the children at the centre Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

The Army's Regional Command, responsible for welfare support to Army families, was also in attendance at the opening.

Karen Webster, SO1 from the Regional Command Personnel and Family Support unit, said: "When the ABF were given the money for this, they organised this joint partnership agreement with HQ Regional Command and I was the liaison person for the project.

"My colleague Alistair Boon, who is SO2 from Regional Command, organised this opening event to celebrate the fact that this location has been given the money."With further projects in Worthy Down, Hampshire and Pirbright in Surrey also planned, it seems that the banking fines have been put to very good use and enabled a worthy cause to help military families in need.

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