An army bomb disposal expert who has spearheaded training in how to handle improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan has enjoyed a Cornish holiday with his family at CLC World’s Trenython Manor, under the Give Us Time Initiative.
Sergeant Simon Hannaford (35), his wife Michelle (34) and their three children Charlotte (13), Joshua (8) and two-year-old Jack, spent half term relaxing at the country house resort.
The Give Us Time project, launched last year by former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox, aims to provide holidays for armed service families to recover from the trauma of combat and Dr Fox called on holiday home operators, second home owners, and timeshare companies and owners to donate weeks.
A database was set up to register the weeks and CLC World Resorts & Hotels was one of the first companies to sign up. CLC World has now twice supplied accommodation during the pilot stage of the initiative and the programme will roll out fully in 2014.
CLC World Managing Director Martyn Aldridge said: “We warmly applauded the Give Us Time initiative when it was launched and were delighted to play our part by both helping the first family chosen to benefit and now by inviting Sgt Hannaford and his family to Cornwall. Our service personnel do an immensely difficult job and have to put to one side the stresses and strains involving the family at home while the task at hand is carried out. So a relaxing holiday can be an important tool in the recuperation process.”
Dr Fox said: “I am extremely grateful to CLC World for their generosity, again. From what I have seen of Trenython Manor it looks like a first class place for family relaxation. This is what Give us Time is all about.”