Give Us Time takes holidays donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, holiday homes and timeshares, and matches them with military families in need of rest, rehabilitation and reconnection after tours of duty. The charity was founded in 2012 by Dr Liam Fox MP who, in his time as an Army medic and later as Secretary of State for Defence, became aware that homecomings were not always as easy as might be expected for service personnel or their families.
Often after months away from home, the family dynamic can change considerably and it can be stressful for both the service personnel and their families to readjust to a life together again, in a domestic situation that may be different to how it was before they left. Give Us Time helps service families reconnect to life after combat and provides them with the chance to spend time together and to reaffirm their family bond.
Give Us Time was founded in 2012 by Dr Liam Fox MP. Having worked as both an Army medic and later as Secretary of State for Defence, he knows all too well the affect that military life can have on service families, and is aware that homecomings are not always as easy as might be expected. The family unit is the rock that underpins military life, be that the military family or the individual service families, who themselves form a close community on which military personnel often depend. Dr Fox set up Give Us Time with cross-party support in parliament and the charity now has a growing support base within the public.
February 01, 2016
Last October saw Give Us Time partner with Club La Costa World, a leading resort operator, to offer 15 military personnel and their families, 46 people in total, the chance to visit the Kusadasi Golf and Spa Resort on the Aegean Coast.
The families were mainly those stationed at Woolwich Barracks in London, nominated by their welfare officer as being in need of a holiday following deployment. However, the number also included Nine Gurkha families who had been affected by the earthquake in Nepal earlier in the year.
For one week, these soldiers enjoyed quality time with their partners and children and the full use of the resort facilities, including eleven swimming pools, set in the midst of a national park. Club La Costa provided a fantastic welcome, and looked after the Give US Time families throughout the stay.
Chief Executive of Give Us Time commented: “Give Us Time was delighted to take these brave men and women out to Turkey for a much-deserved holiday. After long periods of separation away from loved ones, what better way to reconnect then to spend a week together on holiday? It was a real Turkish Delight!”
Club La Costa World has been a supporter of Give Us Time since the charity was launched in 2012. Now offering servicemen a selection of 40 holidays at their various resorts, they are one of the charity’s biggest partners.
Captain Tamang, the Welfare Officer of the 10th Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment summed up the holiday; “My group arrived home with happy, smiling faces. They truly appreciated the holiday and the positive effect it has had on their families. Without the generosity and hard work of Give Us Time and Club La Costa, my team would never have been able to have such a great week away.”
Give US Time’s annual reception held at the House of Lords.
December 02, 2015
Give Us Time’s annual reception was held on the 1st December in the House of Lords, at the kind invitation of Baroness Floella Benjamin. The event was to thank those who have made major donations to the charity over the past year, as well as to welcome those in the hospitality and travel industry who can pledge holidays for the future.
The evening was hosted jointly by Baroness Benjamin and Dr Liam Fox MP, who founded the charity in 2012. Dr Fox took the opportunity to thank donors personally, and to introduce a short film about our recent trip to the Club La Costa Resort in Turkey.
Guests included representatives from Centre Parcs, Diamond Resorts International and CLC World resorts, among others, as well as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
Our Trustees were also in attendance, including Phil Watson, Belinda deLucy McKeeve and Lady Kitty Spencer, who gave a speech about her involvement with the charity and those families who benefit from Give Us Time. Captain John Barker from 4 Regt Royal Logistics Corps was invited to share his experiences as a regimental welfare officer, and emphasised how beneficial our holidays have been to families in his care.
Our Chief Executive Karen Hay reflected: “The event was a great success and the perfect opportunity to thank our hosts and donors for their ongoing commitment to Give Us Time.”
“Everyone involved in the charity should be immensely proud of their hard work, which enhances the lives of families who are in need of quality time together, away from the pressures of military life.”
Lady Kitty Spencer visits family at Center Parcs Woburn Forest
July 01, 2015
In June of this year, Lady Kitty Spencer visited Captain Matthew Harris and his family who were on holiday at Center Parcs Woburn Forest. This was just one of 25 holidays that Center Parcs have generously donated to service families with Give Us Time this year at a number of resorts around the country.
Give Us Time families hit the ski slopes in Bulgaria
April 01, 2014
In March 2014 the Balkan Jewel Resort in Bulgaria kindly invited 79 people from service families on a skiing holiday. The military personnel came from mainly the Gurkha and Abingdon regiments, giving them the chance to get away from the strains of military life for a free holiday.
The Balkan Jewel Resort is located in the Razlog Valley near Bankso, which is surrounded by Bulgaria's three main mountain ranges giving them easy access to the slopes. Families were able to get a taste of local culture with an array of entertainment provided each evening and had a fantastic time.
The holidays were kindly donated by Diamond Resorts International. The £30,000 donation came after owner, Chris Grech, became aware of the charity and was impressed at the service it provided. He commented 'I have been very happy with the work that Give Us Time does, so I was more than happy to offer accommodation to service families who were able to enjoy a week in Bulgaria. It was an exceptional event, which all the attendees thoroughly enjoyed. '
The holiday was also attended by Give Us Time founder Dr. Liam Fox who continued his very active support of the charity. He was no doubt glad to get away from the campaign trail for a few days.
The service we provide at Give Us Time is reliant on the generosity of donors, without them it simply would not work. It was a great week for everyone involved and we are extremely grateful for the donation from Diamond Resorts International and Chris' active involvement. Together we are helping to make a real difference to families.
Lady Kitty Spencer attends annual Give Us Time fundraiser at the Corinthia Hotel
November 01, 2014
In October 2014, Give Us Time hosted its annual fundraising event at the Corinthia Hotel. The event was attended by Lady Kitty Spencer, Victoria Lockwood, Liam Fox, George Osborne and Michael Fallon and by a number of soldiers and their families, among others. The auction, hosted by Clive Anderson, was a great success and generated vital funds for the charity.
A message from Lady Kitty Spencer
Lady Kitty Spencer is an Ambassador for Give Us Time. She is passionate about supporting military families and the work that we do. Hear about the holidays that Corporal Stuart Summers and Corporal Alan Lothian had with their families after holidays were generously donated to Give Us Time.