Give Us Time takes commercially let accommodation donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, holiday homes and timeshares, and matches them with military families in need of rest, rehabilitation and reconnection with their families.
Often, after 6 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 deployments and provides them with the chance to spend time together and to reaffirm their family bonds and strengthen relationships.
Holidays are generously donated by holiday companies or private owners. Give Us Time then matches these with British soldiers who are in need of rest and quality time with their families. Any serviceman or woman is eligible provided that they have been on tour since 2005. Furthermore, families of those personnel who have been discharged through injury or who lost their lives in active operations since 2001 are also eligible. Give Us Time holidays are almost always accommodation only, except in exceptional circumstances.REGISTER
“Spend time with your loved ones, while you still can” - Our families enjoy a break in Venice
January 29, 2018
Thanks to a generous donation from the Hotel Savoia and Jolanda, three families had the chance to enjoy a respite break in the stunning city of Venice, Italy.
They even took the time to talk with us about their experiences.
The families had different backgrounds, but all were in need of quality time away to reconnect as a family unit.
James, 10, said this “was the best holiday of his life” and couldn’t wait to tell his friends at school all about it.
His parents are both serving in the RAF and it is difficult for him to spend time apart from them, saying what he misses the most when they are away is cuddles.
Lidya, whose husband serves in the Royal Marines, talked about the difficulties of raising their 2-year-old daughter when daddy is away and the fear that embraces you every time your husband is deployed away from home.
Rosa lost her husband to cancer and is now raising their two daughters trying to fill their lives with love and laughter despite their tragic loss. She said her support network of friends is really helpful, as well as the Unit Welfare, and she is very grateful for it. Rosa stressed the importance of spending time with your loved ones because you never know when they will be gone.
For all three families, this respite break was exactly what they needed to reconnect and go back home with renewed energy and positivity.
For the Give Us Time Team, who had the chance to spend a couple of days talking with the families, it was an amazing and emotional experience and it reminded us how important our mission is.
Here at Give Us Time we would like to thank the Hotel Savoia and Jolanda without whose generosity this opportunity wouldn’t have been possible. We wish there will be other inspired hoteliers who will support our charitable cause and help other families in need of time.
Give Us Time supporter, Chris Grech, has been shortlisted for the International Award at the 2018 Soldiering On Awards!
January 11, 2018
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.
This is now the fourth year Give Us Time is able to offer its beneficiaries this amazing opportunity, thanks to Chris’ generosity and commitment to our charitable cause. Over the years, Chris and the Balkan Jewel have accommodated over 200 beneficiaries from Give Us Time, with another group benefitting from this chance this year.
These breaks give the families an opportunity to relax and recuperate in a beautiful, supportive and relaxed environment, and restore the relationships that have been strained as a result of service life: an opportunity they would not otherwise have had. Each year, the families take also part in sporting activities such as skiing, a trip to Sofia and are treated to a cultural evening by their host, Chris. T
he organisation of this annual respite break is a highly complex, time-consuming task, requiring great sensitivity, tact and meticulous attention to detail from both Chris and his staff. Furthermore, he has engineered preferential rates for all equipment hire, trips to local attractions and personally ensured that medical issues are covered swiftly and appropriately: he has not spared himself. The overall result has been achieved because of the trust and high regard in which Chris is held, combined with his infectious enthusiasm.
His commitment to the Armed Forces is extraordinary and a leading example in the hospitality industry which can do so much to support Service families.
“I have no doubt the 'Give Us Time' charity will continue to grow exponentially”, said Chris, “once more socially minded entrepreneurs are made aware of the charity's contribution to the families of the Armed Forces”.
We are delighted that the Soldiering On Awards have given Give Us Time the opportunity to draw attention to Chris’ outstanding acts of personal sacrifice and comradeship demonstrated internationally, and to his exceptional support to the British Armed Forces Community. We hope that his example will inspire others to assist our cause.
Give Us Time First Christmas Bake sell
December 14, 2017
On Friday 8th December Give Us Time held our first Christmas bake sale.
We would like to thank all of those involved including the 4 Regiment RLC and 4 Armd Med Regiment, The Black Arts Company, 2112 Communications and Timeshare Hypermarket, along with other supporters.
We were all very impressed and grateful by everyone’s enthusiasm, generosity and delicious creations!
All of the awareness and donations raised will help us support even more military families in need in 2018.
In particular, the money raised will fund flights for our upcoming group holiday in Bulgaria where our families will stay at the wonderful Balkan Jewel resort.
And we are pleased that the event raised over £300, which will sponsor the flights for one family!
Thank you everyone for their generosity that made this possible.
Looking forward to other bake sales in the future and don’t forget that every little help counts so if you want to donate or get in touch for an accommodation donations, please visit our website: www.giveustime.org.uk
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: email@example.com
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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’.
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.
Bulgaria – 2017
In March 2017 Give Us Time sent a group of families to the beautiful Balkan Jewel Resort in Bulgaria. Give Us Time and our families are very grateful for the continued generosity of our hosts. Watch our interviews with families and hear the impact that serving in the Armed Forces can have upon family life and the benefits of respite breaks.
Group holiday to Costa del Sol, 2017
Watch our video and hear from Andy, Sammy and Luisa about their amazing experience on the Costa del Sol and how important respite breaks are for military families.
Thanks once again to CLC World for its continuing support.
Corinthia Event 2016
In November 2016 Give Us Time held our bi-annual fundraising event at the impressive Corinthia Hotel in London. Our Ambassador Lady Kitty Spencer spoke about the importance of the work that Give Us Time does and Invictus Games Athlete Scotty Darroch's speech moved the audience to tears thanks to his inspirational story of recovery. Give Us Time would like to thank all of those who attended and donated to our charity and in particular the Corinthia Hotel for hosting us all.
Turkey October 2015
In October 2015, Give Us Time sent a group of military families to CLC's amazing Kusadasi Golf and Spa Resort in Turkey. The respite break allows military families to reconnect as family units after periods of separation due to deployment and other stressful situations such as ill health and injury. Give Us Time would like to thank CLC World Resorts again for their ongoing support.