So far we have hosted visits by The Rifles, Grenadier Guards, Household Cavalry, and the Gurkha Rifles;
Here’s what they have said about us:-
“We felt so welcome & overwhelmed”, “The work you do is amazing”
“The set up and the Island community you have are second to none”
“It makes a tremendous contribution to the well being of the chaps”
“It’s a beautiful place & we were very well looked after”
“Thank you for a lovely holiday”
and we received an e-mail with this comment:-
“Rest and Recover Menorca targets injured soldiers at such a vital time, giving them an opportunity to get away from the stress of leaving the Army and trying to get their life in order by offering a free holiday on a lovely island. I cannot stress how important the funding Rest and Recover Menorca manage to raise is; even if a soldier may on paper be able to afford a holiday it is at a time where they cannot justify taking time out or spending money that may be needed to make adaptations to their house or be put away as a bit of peace of mind in the uncertain financial road ahead.
When my girlfriend and I arrived on the island in May 15 we realised that with everything going on we hadn’t been on a proper holiday for four years. Even if we had taken a week out at home there was still so much to do that we only ever seemed to be busy and Menorca finally gave us a chance to really relax and not worry about things at home. The guys offered such a relaxed atmosphere; there was no pressure on us to do anything and could be involved as little or a much as we liked so it was the first time since joining up that something actually felt like no strings attached.
The weather was great (most of the time!) and actually the heat helped with my back. There was plenty to do for us, plus a bit of lounging round the pool so I could work on my squaddie tan and I would thoroughly recommend the lobster soup in Fornells, the cave bar at Cala’n Porter and a lazy afternoon drinking at the cricket club. Calling in to see Matt at The Nelson is a must.
I cannot thank all the team at Rest and Recover Menorca enough and I hope that many more soldiers are able to benefit from the unique offer they provide”.