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The generous donation of two weeks aboard 44m mega yacht Sirius berthed in Marina Bay, got Dr Liam Fox MP’s charity Give Us Time off to a 5 star start in Gibraltar in April, and the charity was thrilled when the Gibraltar Tourist Board agreed to donate the flights for the party of 24

Gibraltar Gives Us Time...

Ex-Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox MP, who visited the Rock last month, says he would like see Gibraltar become a ‘hub’ for the Services charity, Give Us Time.

Douglas and Louise Hall onboard Sirius with three of the servicemen injured in combat, Lance Sergeant Lee Sample, Lance Sergeant Andrew Wilson and Colour Sergeant Thomas O’Donnell

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During his time as Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox MP came to realise that while care for our injured armed forces personnel and their bereaved has improved immeasurably over the last decade, there are still some major challenges faced by all servicemen and servicewomen, and their families, when they return home after long months apart. “One of the areas where I think there remains room for improvement is the integration of service families into this equation,” he says. “As a doctor working with the Armed Forces I learned the importance of seeing our personnel not as isolated individuals but as members of a wider family and community dynamic.” Thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines return from Afghanistan without a scratch but still find that the lives of their family have moved on without them while they’ve been away. All too often, this feeling of being “spare” in the life they used to know, gets in the way of reintegrating with their families. Give Us Time, launched in 2012, provides holidays to help families readjust to life after combat. This is possible thanks to generously donated week-long holidays in second homes, holiday homes and timeshares. One of the first participants in the charity’s pilot scheme last month were Gibraltar residents Douglas and

GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MAY 2013

The Gibraltar Magazine - May 2013  
The Gibraltar Magazine - May 2013  

Gibraltar's fabulous business and leisure magazine. Crammed full of great features from finance to football, from fashion to arts. Enjoy i...