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.”