MP launches holiday charity for servicemen
NORTH Somerset MP Liam Fox is urging people with holiday homes to make them available to injured soldiers.
Today the former Defence Secretary launches a charity called Give Us Time. It aims to provide families with week-long stays in second homes, holiday homes and timeshares across the UK and around the world.
Property owners will be asked to sign up to a database, setting out when their homes are available.
Dr Fox said he had become "frustrated" with the lack of support for people who have suffered psychologically during service.
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He is to write to all MPs asking them to "lead by example".
He told the Post: "This is about what the people of Britain, not the Government, can do to help the Armed Forces. It is the epitome of the Big Society."
The homes will be made available free for servicemen and women and their families, apart from a contribution towards an insurance policy for the owners.
Virgin Rail has offered to provide free tail travel to UK homes for the families involved. A fund will be set up to cover other costs.
Dr Fox paid tribute to Bristol-based branding company Fanatic, which carried out the design work ahead of today's official launch.
The property database opens today for owners to add their homes. Families will be able to sign up to the service, and request specific holidays, from September.