Prime Minister David Cameron honoured a Lynn based charity that supports military personnel, in the same week it officially launched its expanded contact centre.
Bridge for Heroes founder Mike Taylor was invited to a reception at Downing Street alongside officials from national charities such as Help for Heroes and the Royal Biritsh Legion.
Mr Taylor said: “It was recognition, not just for me, but all the volunteers and everyone who supports us has put into the charity.
“I took one of the beneficiaries with me and, standing in the garden of Number 10, it was wonderful to realise how far we have come.
“My wife Helen co-founded the charity with me and we have given up everything for it - our house, our savings, but we can sleep at night knowing we are helping people.
“The charity literally saves peoples lives.”
Bridge for Heroes offers support and therapy sessions to military personnel suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who can become suicidal. It also reaches out to their families as well as helping servicemen and women struggling to readjust after leaving the forces and those who are about to leave.
It launched in 2009 and in its first year provided 1,200 support sessions, but has seen rapid growth in demand. In the first four months of this year, it delivered 4,700 sessions.
With support from Help for Heroes and the ministry of defence, the charity expanded its premises, taking on the ground floor of the building where it already operated out of the top floor.
Now it has more space for therapy rooms as well as its charity shop, museum and restaurant.
The expanded “General Dannatt Contact Centre” was officially launched by its namesake, his wife Lady Dannatt, and other dignitaries including Henry Bellingham MP and Barry Ayres, West Norfolk mayor.