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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

GSK and Help for Heroes partner to support the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women in the UK

GlaxoSmithKline plc : GSK and Help for Heroes partner to support the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women in the UK

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Issued: Wednesday 07 December 2011, London UK

GSK and Help for Heroes today announced a new partnership to help support injured British armed forces personnel successfully transition back into civilian life. The partnership will focus on the creation of a specialist 'Wellness Centre' at Tedworth House, a Help for Heroes Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centre located in Wiltshire.

As part of its programme of charitable support in the UK, GSK has pledged to donate £1 million to Help for Heroes over 5 years to be used towards the initial construction and the ongoing running of the new Phoenix Wellness Centre. At full capacity the Centre, due to open in mid-2012, will deliver health, sport and exercise programmes to help over 1,000 servicemen and women each year achieve their individual physical and psychological recovery goals. GSK will also provide pro-bono support in the form of know-how and expertise and will offer GSK employees volunteering opportunities with Help for Heroes as part of a broader partnership between the two groups.

GSK is committed to promoting health and well-being in the communities in which it operates and supports a wide variety of innovative, dynamic charities that help deliver this, such as Help for Heroes.

Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK said: "This new partnership with Help for Heroes will make state of the art rehabilitation facilities available to wounded servicemen and women who deserve our support. GSK is committed to playing its part in helping to improve the health and well-being of communities and we look forward to seeing the completion of the Wellness Centre and to sharing our expertise with Help for Heroes through a long term partnership."

Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes said: "Help for Heroes are thrilled to be partnering with GSK. They have already donated an amazing sum of money for which we are hugely grateful and have pledged to continue their support into the future. This support will be invaluable because although the guys and girls are young now, they will grow old and we need to be there to support them for life. Knowing that we have GSK

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