Each year we try to make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of injured serving and ex-service men and women of all ages by providing short breaks and longer holidays that are appropriate to their individual needs. Some will not have had a holiday for many years, perhaps because of disability, advancing years, isolation, or a combination of factors.
Thanks to advances in modern medicine and the treatment of even the most traumatic injuries, there are now many more individuals who want to be as active during and after their recovery as they were before their injury. In providing skiing, canoeing, surfing and sailing holidays, as well as more genteel pursuits such as fishing, archery and quad biking, we rely on the specialist instructors and facilities of organisations such as the Calvert Trust and Surf Action.
Such trips encourage our guests to realise that they can take part in challenging activities, while the company of others with a similar sense of humour gives tremendous support and encouragement to those who are finding life difficult.
Our traditional battlefield tours to places of historic significance such as Normandy, Ypres and Arnhem continue to bring together groups of like-minded people and a variety of ages, all of whom take away special memories of shared experiences.
We organise many of these holidays ourselves: for others – often respite or convalescent breaks – we will provide grants or funding for eligible individuals or groups.
If you think that you, or someone you know, may be eligible for our help please contact us, or your military association or service benevolent charity
Comments from our guests include:
From an RAF Sergeant following a canoeing expedition: “This trip was the single most important event since my accident. It showed me that my disabilities will not hold me back, made me realise that I could achieve anything in life and gave me the confidence to go and do so.”
From a guest on an activity holiday on Exmoor: “The week was fantastic, it was humbling to meet the other guests and see how they had all overcome their various individual challenges.”