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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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Activity Week in Scotland

There is never a dull moment at the NFA as next week 20 beneficiaries will be heading to Scotland for a week of outdoor activities. Embodying the Association’s mantra of ‘From Comradeship To Challenge’, the holiday is designed to encourage individuals to push themselves and generate teamwork through a range of activities including rock climbing, canoeing, archery, pistol shooting, high-ropes and more. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages and website for updates on the trip.

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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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“Thank you so much for my family’s break at Center Parcs”

One of our military families has just returned from a short break at Center Parcs Elveden which enabled the family to unwind and reconnect as a family unit. This village is set in stunning 400 acres of Elveden Forest where many gorgeous muntjac deer roam! There are all sorts of activities for families to enjoy including walks, cycle paths and all the fun to be had on Center Parcs’ largest water sport lake: try the exhilarating Cable Water Ski and ‘The Drop’, if you fancy free-falling 10 metres!

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Give Us Time supporter, Chris Grech, a Maltese National, has been shortlisted for the International Award at the 2018 Soldiering On Awards!

Give Us Time is thrilled that one of its long-time supporters, Chris Grech, has been shortlisted for the International Award, at the Soldiering On Awards, which will be decided in April this Year.

Chris, a Maltese National, has been supporting Give Us Time since 2014, donating accommodation at the Balkan Jewel Resort in Bulgaria to British Service families in need of respite and recuperation.

When Chris Grech heard about the charity Give Us Time, formed to meet the needs of Service families, he offered to run a pilot group holiday: a week at the Balkan Jewel Resort in March 2015.

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Service Families’ From Headley Court Benefit From Respite Break

In October Give Us Time sent five families to the amazing Azure Resort in Malta in collaboration with the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Center at Headley Court. We are all incredibly grateful to the Azure Resort for this generous donation as one of our family members said “we just want to thank you all again, it is just amazing that there are people out there helping others”.

The feedback from the families has been wonderful: they all had a great break relaxing and reconnecting as well as exploring the island.

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Country Sports Week

Tucked away in the North-East of Scotland, the Kildermorie Lodge once again played host to a group of veterans for a country sports week from 29th October – 5th November. Generously organised and funded by Army veteran Graeme Barlow and his wife, Nicki – both long-standing supporters of the NFA – 28 veterans were treated to a week of clay-pigeon shooting, fishing, walking, target shooting and more

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