A new charity which will provide holidays for recovering armed forces personnel has just been launched by former Secretary of State for Defence, Liam Fox MP.
The initiative, Give Us Time, has partnered with Afghan Heroes and is accepting donations of timeshare weeks at home and abroad to provide the families of those recovering from the trauma of serving in combat time to relax and recuperate at quality timeshare resorts.
Give Us Time www.giveustime.org.uk was featured in the press last weekend and the week long holidays will be open to service personnel this September onwards, prior to being rolled out more widely next year. Timeshare and second home owners will be able to log onto the website and “donate” a week at their property in Britain or abroad.
Virgin Trains have already pledged their support for the new initiative, and will be offering free UK travel to participants.
In a message on the Give Us Time website, Liam Fox writes:
“During my time as Secretary of State for Defence I was extremely heartened to see how we improved the treatment of those who had been physically injured in combat. Medical improvements in prosthetics, better physiotherapy and improved social attitudes all contributed to a better chance of rehabilitation. In terms of psychological trauma, the invisible scars of war, we are making progress though perhaps at a slower rate.
One of the areas where I think there remains room for improvement is the integration of service families into this equation. As a doctor working with the Armed Forces I learned the importance of seeing our personnel not as isolated individuals but as members of a wider family and community dynamic.”
Richard McIntosh, Chairman of the Resort Development Organisation (RDO) welcomed the initiative following the press coverage and earlier this week, encouraged the RDO membership to get behind the charity and donate holidays. There has been a tremendous response from members, many of whom have come forward with offers of multiple weeks.
Give Us Time is part of Afghan Heroes www.afghanheroes.org.uk and is sponsored by Serco, Venue Directory, Fanatic Strategic Brand Communications, Cobweb Solutions IT Services.
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