Together we can make a differenceWoundcare4Heroes was co-founded by Claire Stephens, a nurse specialist and former nursing officer captain of Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and Professor Lieutenant Colonel Steve Jeffery, a consultant plastic surgeon, who specialises in the treatment of scarring, traumatic wounds and pressure sores, to provide specialist wound care to help rebuild the lives of those injured in active service.
The launch of the charity in June 2012 coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War. One of the patrons of Woundcare4Heroes is Falklands veteran Simon Weston who has become known throughout the UK for his recovery and charity work after suffering severe burns during the conflict.
In the Second World War, approximately 30 per cent of injured service men died from their wounds before they returned home. But advances in battlefield trauma care have reduced mortality rate to around 10 per cent. The level of injuries sustained can demand a lifetime of ongoing complex wound care for those discharged from the Armed Forces.
Woundcare4Heroes was formed to coordinate and help provide specialised, continued wound care services for men and women injured in active service.