HUNDREDS of people have been left "impressed" after an open day showcased the Help for Heroes recovery centre in North Yorkshire.

The Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick, which has been open since 2013 and provides support and rehabilitation for ex-military personnel, had never been open to the public before.

On Saturday, June 22 and for the first time, staff threw open the centre's doors to the public.

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On the site, Invictus Games medal winners held basketball coaching, while the conservatory area was transformed into an art gallery.

A barbecue and Bake for Heroes cake stand was also held.

Centre manager Melanie Dickinson, who retires at the of the week, said the open day had been success.

She said: "We wanted people to be impressed and surprised by what we do and we succeeded on both counts.

"We take great pride in supporting our military personnel, veterans and families and are immensely grateful to the public for their ongoing support. Without them, none of what we do would be possible – together we really can change lives.”

Visitors from across the country visited the centre, with Help for Heroes' ambassador and Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, there for the day.

Soon-to-be centre manager, David Walker, added: "The day was an amazing showcase of the talents, dedication and hard work of staff and volunteers at Phoenix House.

"It is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to pick up the baton from Melanie to ensure this vital support continues.”

Plans are in place for a similar event to be held next year.