HOLIDAYS for Heroes Jersey has received its largest ever single donation from Nautilus Trust through a multi-million philanthropic foundation which they manage.
The Jersey Foundation, which was established by an international philanthropist, has donated in excess of £40,000 to the charity. The donation has covered the cost of a week in the island for 25 Royal Marines who arrive today, as well as the cost for 32 service personnel from other HM Forces and their families who arrive at the weekend.
‘We are overwhelmed at the generosity shown to us by Nautilus Trust’s client as we rely 100% on donations. Each year, the support we have been given by companies, organisations and individuals has meant we can bring more injured personnel and their families to the island for a much-needed break. From just nine in 2008, this year will see 395 coming to the island, either on their own or with partners, carers and children and we have now provided holidays to over 1,800 individuals,’ said Dawn Woodhouse MBE, who founded the charity with her husband Richard.
‘While we try to explain the many benefits of a week away, it is impossible for Nautilus Trust, and the many other people who support us, to truly appreciate how much a holiday means to these members and past members of HM Forces who have been injured, in mind or body during, or as a result of their service.’
Holidays for Heroes Jersey organises a full itinerary with many attractions offering free entry. While they are in the island, the Royal Marines, who are all from Hasler Company, will also be guests of honour at a bake sale, which Nautilus Trust is organising to raise additional funds for Holidays for Heroes Jersey.
‘Nautilus was the first company to establish a wholly charitable foundation in 2010 and over the past four years, we have had the privilege of supporting some truly inspirational causes like Holidays for Heroes Jersey,’ said Jan Kenny, director, Nautilus Trust.
‘When we told Nautilus Trust staff about the donation, they decided they wanted to do something in addition to that financial support and so a bake sale has been organised for Tuesday 22nd July from 12 noon until 3pm in Weighbridge Square. Our 70 staff will all be involved in either baking cakes and savouries, making sandwiches or helping serve on the day.
‘It seemed only fitting that the Royal Marines were invited as guests of honour and we are looking forward to meeting them, learning more about the incredible sacrifices they have made and how much they have enjoyed their time in Jersey.’
As well as staff from Nautlius Trust being involved, support has also been given by a number of companies including the Royal Yacht, Bruno’s Bakery, CoCoRico, The Club Hotel, Medenia Catering, The Blue Ocean and Café Firefly at Durrell.
‘Everything has been donated which will mean that every penny raised can be donated to Holidays for Heroes Jersey which we hope will allow them to bring even more service personnel to the island for a well-deserved holiday,’ said Mrs Kenny.
Invitations have gone out to a number of companies who have close associations with Nautilus Trust including Mourant Ozannes who helped draft the foundation and Help a Jersey Child and Durrell who are previous beneficiaries.
‘But we want to encourage as many people as possible to come down and either pick up something for lunch or have cake and tea in the sunshine so that we can further our support of Holidays for Heroes Jersey,’ said Mrs Kenny.