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Lady Kitty Spencer and Ant Middleton host a lunch for military families

On the 27th June, the charity’s Patron, Lady Kitty Spencer, hosted an intimate lunch at Fortnum & Mason to raise funds to send a group of families on a respite break to Malta.

Lady Kitty was joined on the day by Give Us Time’s Ambassador, Ant Middleton, who was previously in the Special Boat Services and now hosts the Channel 4 shows SAS: Who Dares Wins and Mutiny.

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The Positive Impact of Respite Breaks on Military Families

Give Us Time hosted a conference on 16th May 2018 engaging organisations with an interest in respite breaks. The objective was to assess the positive impact of respite breaks on the recovery and rehabilitation process of military families in need. Speakers included Professor Scott McCabe from Nottingham University Business School, Major Andy Wareham from the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre and long-time supporter and host, Chris Grech, owner of the Balkan Jewel in Bulgaria. The Conference was attended by representatives from all 3 Services, The Not Forgotten Association, ABF The soldiers’ charity, Victory Services Club, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, RAF Association, RAF Benevolent Fund, RN&RM Charity, RN&RM Children’s Fund, Little Troopers, Kings College London and the King’s Centre for Military Health Research.

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Center Parcs donates fifteen short breaks to military families in need

Give Us Time is thrilled that Center Parcs have donated fifteen short breaks to our military families in need. We would like to thank them for their generosity and continued support.

The window for applying for one of these breaks closes on Friday 22nd June and we have already been overwhelmed with responses received. We would also like to thank all the other service charities and welfare units that have referred families to us.

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“We had a wonderful time at Wood Hall – it’s such a calming and relaxing place”

Last week Give Us Time sent four military families – a total of eighteen people and a combination of family and friends, to the fabulous Wood Hall in the Lake District. We would like to thank the hosts for their kind donation of time.

Wood Hall is a stunning house that sleeps eighteen people and has six acres of landscaped gardens. The house has beautiful views across Skiddaw, Grassmore and the Lorton and Buttermere valleys. The gardens, designed by Thomas Mawson in 1910 are a haven.

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Give Us Time Nominated For Heropreneurs Award!

Give Us Time has been nominated by the Veterans’ Foundation for their category in the Heropreneurs Awards!

All too many veterans find leaving the Armed Forces, and returning to civvy street, a huge struggle due to physical injuries and mental health issues. This may result in homelessness, unemployment, family breakdown, and a dramatic deterioration in their well-being. This Veterans’ Foundation award category seeks to recognise an individual in civvy street, or a business, that has given outstanding help to such veterans.

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Bridge Leisure Donation

Give Us Time is delighted to announce that Bridge Leisure has kindly donated 50 breaks to military families in need. The breaks will be throughout the year and at various locations across the UK.
These include near the Moray Firth, Scottish Borders, Yorkshire coast and Cornwall. For more information on these parks and all of their other locations please visit.
The parks have different facilities which go from indoor pools and children’s adventure playgrounds to bars, restaurants and entertainment evenings!

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Give Us Time Conference “The positive impact of respite breaks on military families”

Yesterday Give Us Time held a conference examining the positive impact of respite breaks on military families, focusing on our group trip to Malta last year which was in association with the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC). We would like to thank our speakers for making the event such a success and all of those who attended and participated in our discussion.

Professor Scott McCabe from the University of Nottingham spoke on the “Importance of Tourism and Holidays on the Wellbeing of the Individual” and highlighted the hardships that military families can experience, the way that holidays can be thought of as lavish and a luxury but actually how they should be seen as an essential right because of their importance and how needed they are for a family’s wellbeing.

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Park Holiday’s donation to Give Us Time!

Give Us Time is thrilled to announce that Park Holidays UK has donated 100 respite breaks for our beneficiaries!

Give Us Time matches donated holiday accommodation to military families in need of time to relax and reconnect as family units especially after bereavement, periods of separation, mental and physical health problems and financial strain.

Park Holidays has 29 parks across the UK and offers short breaks and camping as well as other options including holiday home ownership.

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Give Us Time attends Charity Walk For Peace 2018!

Give Us Time’s Managing Director was delighted to attend this year’s Walk For Peace in the gorgeous Windsor Great Park on Sunday 29th April 2018. Rupert, along with the other participants walked five miles raising money for great causes including Give Us Time.

Walk For Peace has been happening every year for the last twenty-eight years and in the past five has raised over £1.3 million which has been distributed to 136 local, national and mayoral charities.

Overall the day was a great success and even the weather behaved – for the most part!

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Give Us Time at the Soldiering On Awards

Last week Give Us Time was excited to attend the Soldiering On Awards at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in support of Chris Grech who was nominated for the International Award. Chris is the owner of the gorgeous Balkan Jewel Resort in Bulgaria and long-time donor and supporter of Give Us Time.

Though Chris didn’t go home with the award, we were delighted his commitment to the armed forces community was recognised and it was our privilege to spend the evening surrounded by amazing and inspiring individuals.

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