COLCHESTER’S MP has written to the Government asking it to do all it can to save the town’s Chavasse House Recovery Centre.

In a letter to Veterans’ Minister Johnny Mercer, Will Quince said the Help for Heroes run centre was an “invaluable resource” to the area.

Mr Quince said although he understood charities and companies across the country were facing difficult decisions caused by the coronavirus crisis, he was alarmed by the news the centre would not reopen following lockdown.

He said: “As you will know, Colchester is a Garrison town with many residents comprising of serving military personnel and veterans once they are discharged from the forces.

“The Chavasse VC Recovery Centre has been invaluable resource for many of my constituents in the armed forces or veterans community who may be injured or sick, or indeed their loved ones.

“Moreover, the centre is a vital recovery support centre not only for my constituency, but indeed the whole of the east of England.

“I am, therefore, extremely concerned about this news and I would be grateful if you could provide any further information on any support the Ministry of Defence may be able to offer to keep this invaluable support centre open for our armed forces and veterans community.”