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.
Service Families’ From Headley Court Benefit From Respite Break
December 01, 2017
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.
Headley Court has also sent us feedback reporting the changes and benefits of the break from the clinical perspective: the benefits from their viewpoint include giving the service personnel the opportunity to use the tools that they have learnt at Headley Court to manage their symptoms in a new environment, try different strategies, manage the reactions of strangers, re-establish their roles as husbands and fathers and reconnect with their wives and children.
Many children of military personnel live in fear of their mother or father being injured and even being killed.
Quality time away with their loved one enables the children to be reassured that their parent is alright - even if they have been injured, have physical or mental health issues as a consequence of their service, their dad is still their dad and their mum is still their mum and they are not going anywhere.
These breaks allow families time away from the normal stresses of everyday life: for those battling with health problems these stresses are exacerbated and have an impact upon the whole family. The opportunity to have quality time together is invaluable and all of the families reported an improvement in family bonds and Headley Court also noted this and the benefits on the person’s mental health as well.
Once again Give Us Time would like to thank all of those involved in making these holidays possible – the staff at the resort who made sure their stays were splendid, to the generous donation from Azure Resort and those supporters who donated the flights. The memories made will last a lifetime and we are confident the benefits will as well.
Quotes from the families:
“I would just like to say a huge thank you for the generosity given by all those who have donated and supported this charity and allowed me and my family the chance to go away for some much-needed rest together. Time together is very precious and I am so grateful to everyone for this opportunity. Please continue to support our incredibly heroic and marvellous armed forces and families who dedicate so much without question or hesitation.”
“I would like to thank you and your team from the bottom of heart for the holiday. It was amazing and has made me so happy. Since my injury I have not had quality time with my children. We had a fabulous week together and it has strengthened the bond between us again.”
If you would like to make a donation or learn more about how you can help Service Families please visit the "donate" section or get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
"All they want for Christmas is Time"
October 09, 2017
Give Us Time is holding its first bake fundraiser: “All they want for Christmas is Time”.
This will be an opportunity for us not only to raise money for our families, but also to raise awareness on our cause by showing a widespread support from communities.
The bake fundraiser will be held on Friday 8th December.
If you want to support this initiative, all we need you to do is to bake (or buy! We won’t judge you) some biscuits or cakes and hold a fundraiser at your workplace or at home.
Invite friends, family or co-workers! They will have a great time enjoying some sweetness while donating some money to Give Us Time!
All the money raised will fund flights for military families in need to go on a break at our next group holiday in Bulgaria in March 2018.
If you will join the initiative, get in touch and we will send you a Give Us Time box where you can put your donations, some leaflets with Give Us Time logo and some brochures. So please, remember to provide us with an address. If you will request our pack later than the 20th November you might not receive it on time, but we will still be happy for you to join our initiative!
In order to raise more awareness, we will ask you to post pictures of your event on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtags #GiveUsCake and #GiveUsTime. Other hashtags are more than welcome, but please include the two we gave you. In particular, to magnify the impact on these platforms we are asking our supporters to post pictures or comments simultaneously at 1pm using the # above. You can do this from your company or personal account and the more the merrier! So, encourage your friends who joined in the initiative to do the same!
If for some reason you need to organise your event on another date or in the morning, please feel free to do so.
You just need to remember to share your pictures with the # at 1pm on Friday 8th December.
If you would like to join our fundraiser, please send an email to email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing some baking skills!
Innovative use of ‘Dead Space’ in the Hospitality Sector
September 14, 2017
According to industry experts, bedroom and bed-space occupancy across the serviced accommodation sector (Resorts, hotels, cottages and B&Bs) has on average remained flat and ranges between 8 out of ten rooms to 7 in in ten rooms in the North of the country. From the data available in the EU occupation ranges from just three in ten to 7 in ten. There are clearly seasonal variations but minimising Dead Space is a challenge for all.
How to make the most of this spare capacity and make it profitable:
A number of hotel and property owners, at home and overseas, are already donating their spare capacity to charity. The Military Charity Give Us Time assists Service families who are in need: the beneficiaries have suffered bereavement, physical injuries and mental illnesses, have challenging financial circumstances and/or separation due to deployment. The best way to employ your spare capacity is to donate it to charitable causes like Give Us Time.
The benefits of donating to a charitable cause:
The benefits are not just a boost to your charitable profile and the opportunity to restore family relationships, support the Armed Forces and give a little back. The week or weekend breaks are an opportunity to increase the turnover in your restaurants, bars and beauty centres, which you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Giving to this charitable cause would not only satisfy and help retain your current customer base: 91% of global consumers expect companies to do more than make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address social and environmental issues. Your actions would also open up a new customer base and allow you to benefit from some positive PR and costless marketing opportunities. Give Us Time and its military families are grateful and would publicise your generosity through its network and supporters and beneficiaries would encourage friends to choose your business rather than another one: personal recommendations have a deep impact.
“CLC World Resorts & Hotels recognises that it is often difficult for charities such as Give Us Time to source sufficient accommodation to meet their needs. That is why we are delighted to support Give Us Time, and similar charities, allowing families the opportunity they may not otherwise have to holiday together.”
Graham Wilding, UK Operations Director at CLC World
Why donate to Give Us Time:
The impact of a respite break away from the stresses or military life is tangible and effective.
Our data show that a holiday reduces stress, enhances the dynamics of a family strengthening relationships and improves self-confidence. 91% of our beneficiaries experience positive change and no one has reported detrimental effects. A stunning 98% feels much more optimistic towards their future thanks to the holiday they had.
“It was a huge humbling experience for me: having the general public and businesses giving up the holidays, to help our military families in need of rest and rehabilitation, was overwhelming! You are not just providing a vital holiday to a military family, you are not giving us a hand out. You are giving us a hand up. And that’s priceless”.
Scotty Darroch, former corporal in the Army’s Royal Logistic Corps, now Invictus Games athlete
Give Us Time collaborates with DMRC at Headley Court to send five families to the Azure Resort in Malta
September 07, 2017
We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court to send five military families to the beautiful Azure Resort in Malta in October 2017.
“The five families are all patients from the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court, which aims to return all those service personnel injured or seriously ill to full fitness. DMRC is a nationally recognised centre of excellence that provides rehabilitation for more complex injuries, including amputee and neurological patients.
Patients can be referred to the DMRC from secondary care or directly from primary care and are often residents for extended periods; living apart from their families. DMRC provides a holistic approach to care because all aspects of life are affected by injury, so all aspects require input to help return the individual to their working and social normality. Opportunities like this trip are not considered to be a nice to have; they fit in exactly with the ethos of treatment.
Such initiatives add to the help the Armed Forces are able to provide. For many families, this will provide an opportunity for a positive experience together that has previously been impossible for numerous reasons.
The families chosen were selected by the organisation’s welfare staff on the principle that a period of respite would assist the patient’s recovery and restore family bonds tested by separation and uncertainty.”
Give Us Time is grateful to all involved, and is looking forward to future collaborations and hearing all about the trip from our families!
We are delighted to announce Scotty Darroch has joined Give Us Time as an Ambassador
August 11, 2017
We have heard many harrowing stories of resilience through adversity, particularly from experiences within the military, but few are more compelling than Scotty’s. Scotty served for ten years as a Corporal and Training Instructor in the Army’s Royal Logistic Corps and has operational service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo.
Scotty had an extremely difficult period during transition and when he left the Army. Not knowing at the time that he was suffering with a mental trauma he started self-medicating with alcohol and then cocaine and heroin. It took 18 years to get a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Part of his recovery process was being offered a respite break, with his wife Joanne by Give Us Time, which helped him realize that his work in the military was appreciated by the public and that there was a future ahead of them: he saw it as their “Hand Up and not a Hand Out.”
He also found a role in the sporting arena and believes an active lifestyle with mental health support contributes to his recovery. He competed at the Invictus games in Orlando 2016 and said it was “humbling and rewarding.” Scotty has also been selected again this year to represent his country in Toronto at the games in September 2017: he is currently training hard!
Scotty understands the needs of our beneficiaries and as an Ambassador for Give Us Time, speaks on our behalf encouraging donors to contribute to our cause. He speaks from the heart, with brutal honesty, and can lend his experiences as a soldier, PTSD sufferer or Invictus Games competitor to any situation. But perhaps most importantly Scotty is a true gent, who wears his heart on his sleeve, who will go the extra mile for anyone who asks. His heartfelt speeches have an immense impact on all who hear them. We are delighted to have him on the team!
SBS Veteran and Channel 4 presenter, Ant Middleton, is the new ambassador for Give Us Time
June 28, 2017
Ant Middleton, an SBS veteran and presenter on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, has just been announced as an Ambassador for Give Us Time during a small fundraising event to raise awareness of the charity mission.
Host of the event was Lady Kitty Spencer, Ambassador and Trustee of the charity and long time supporters of our Armed Forces.
Explaining why he became a Give Us Time Ambassador, Ant Middleton said: “I am really excited to be an Ambassador for Give Us Time. After personally experiencing many of the problems young service men, women and their families face today, I would like to do all I can to raise awareness and help the people I have served alongside.”
During his military career, Ant Middleton did tours in Northern Ireland, Macedonia and three tours in Afghanistan. He also spent four years in the SBS (The UK Naval Special Forces Unit and sister unit to the SAS).
He is now Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit show SAS: Who Dares Wins. In 2017, we have also seen Ant at the forefront of Channel 4’s hit show ‘Mutiny’ and will see him lead teams in an upcoming engineering and survival based show called ‘Escape’.
Group holiday in Bulgaria!
March 27, 2017
Once again, the Balkan Jewel Resort in Bulgaria has donated some much-deserved time to our families in need, giving them the chance to reconnect with their loved ones and to spend some quality time away from the stress that comes with military life.
The families enjoyed a week of skiing in the Razlog Valley and fabulous entertainment offered by the resort which included traditional dances, a karaoke night and clowns for the young ones.
The families, belonging to different Regiments, have experienced different difficulties due to their service such as PTSD and the stress of spending long time away from loved ones especially young children.
This amazing donation has given them the chance to unwind and come back home with a positive attitude towards their future as a family unit.
The holiday was briefly attended by one of our Trustees, Stuart Parkinson, who in his speech thanked the owner Chris Grech and Diamond Resorts International for their outstanding generosity and the families for being the heroes behind our Armed Forces.
A special thank you goes to the Black Arts Company for its continuous support to our cause and for joining the families for a couple of days to shoot some amazing interviews and videos. Your constant assistance helps us to raise awareness on what we do and encourage others to be part of this project.
The generosity of all our donors is what enables our charity to work and help military families in need. Without this continuous support, we wouldn’t be able to make such a difference to the lives of these families. Seeing their smiles and hearing the children’s laughter is what makes everything worth it!
Thank you from everyone at Give Us Time for your generosity.
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.