An independent panel judged the charity the winner in Healthcare & Rehabilitation (Organisation), one of the 15 Soldiering On categories.

Sponsored by Redwood Technologies Group, the award recognises a team that has “made a major contribution in the treatment of ill-health or injury, or provided exceptional skill and commitment to healthcare treatment, recovery and rehabilitation of serving and former members of the Armed Forces community”.

Richard Cullen, founder and chairman of Deptherapy, received the award at a gala event at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on 20 April.

Deptherapy programme members and trustees attended the event, which was hosted by actress Vicki Michelle and broadcaster Jeremy Vine.

Cullen described the award as “a stunning achievement given the very stiff competition we faced in the group”, and praised the “trustees, patrons, ambassadors and volunteers who work tirelessly and for free to help our Armed Forces' veterans.”

He added: “I sincerely hope that this major acknowledgment of our work will act as a key to open the door to corporate sponsorship, which we so badly need.”

The award is Deptherapy’s second accolade this year – Ben Lee, a Deptherapy ambassador, received a Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund award in February.

Find out more about Deptherapy here.

Pictured, from left: Jeremy Vine, Richard Cullen, Vicki Michelle, Martin Taylor of Redwood Technologies and Maj-Gen Martin Bricknell, Surgeon-General of Britain's Armed Forces.

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