Respite Breaks

Maria Hanson Foundation

•    Caravan breaks to serving and ex serving Military who have suffered severe injuries and PTSD.
•    Can also be used as a bereavement break for families who have lost loved ones killed in action.
•    Caravans do not have wheelchair access.
•    Applications and further information can be gathered from their website.

Victory Services Club

•    For wounded serving personnel and their families/carers to enjoy a welcome break in a safe and welcoming environment in Central London.
•    It is administered and funded exclusively by the VSC and provides a two-night stay including meals in the Club and tickets to a top London attraction.
•    Applications and further information can be gathered from the website.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

•    Princess Marina House is a care and respite home for former and serving RAF personnel. It provides a relaxing break with the knowledge that the highly skille staff will be able to provide whatever level of care is required. Members of the extended RAF including WRAF, RAFVR, RAux AF, PMRAFNS and their adult dependants are eligible to apply. Spare capacity can be offered to other members of the Armed Forces and their spouses/partners. Admissions to Princess marina House are for short-term welfare breaks, usually 2 weeks, although may be extended in some circumstances.

The 2 Seaside Cottages are adjacent to Princess Marina House and provide short breaks of family holidays for RAF couples and families. One of the cottages has a wheelchair friendly ground floor.

Royal Air Forces Association

The RAF Association currently run three ‘Wings Breaks’ hotels situated across the country which offer short stays and breaks. The fully trained staff are able to provide specialised care and support for thise who need that little extra assistance, with facilities available to cater for a wide variety of needs. These cottages are available to serving and ex-serving  RAF personnel.

Heroes Haven

Heroes Haven Swanage is a purpose built lodge which provides affordable holidays for disabled, injured and visually impaired serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces, their immediate family and carers. The lodge has been specifically designed to cater for wheelchairs and for those that have suffered serious injuries to enjoy a ‘normal’ family holiday.

Army of Angels

Army of Angels is a UK Military Charity that provides direct and indirect support to members of the UK's armed forces who have been injured, physically or mentally, while serving their country in conflicts around the world. They also support their families and co-dependents.

The Charity have a holiday home at a Haven site in Weymouth. To qualify for a free respite break personnel must have served in any of the Uks conflicts and suffer a physical or psychological medical condition.

RAF Disabled Holiday Trust

Provides self catering holidays for serving and former members of the RAF where either they themselves or an immediate member of their family is disabled.

•    Accommodation is specially adapted to be wheelchair accessible
•    Accommodation available both in UK and Overseas
•    Trust will meet the cots of the holiday accommodation, which is all self-catering.

More details can be found from their website

Douneside House

Set within the grounds of the MacRobert Estate in Aberdeenshire, the main hotel features 14 beautiful guest rooms. The current refurbishment includes a complete re-design of each room to create a classic-contemporary style, whilst retaining important elements of Douneside’s original character through the careful placement of individual pieces of antique furniture and precious artwork.

Adjacent to the main hotel is the Casa Memoria building, which was originally brought to life by the MacRobert family, as a museum for artefacts collected on their extensive overseas travels. The building’s unusual architecture has enabled its transformation into four contemporary, architect-designed guest apartments, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms.

The property further encompasses guest cottages Gatehouse, Pine, Alpha and Morven. Individual in style and size, each has been re-designed and furnished to the highest standards and features its own, beautifully tended garden and patio, perfect for al fresco dining on a balmy summer evening. During the colder months, wintery scenes of the local landscape can be enjoyed from the cosy sitting room, while keeping warm next to a traditional wood-burning stove.

The house is now open to both the public and military personnel and their families.  However, it is reserved for Military only during the month of Aug.  More details on how to book can be found at  Military Personnel should book through Mr Paul Middlemiss on 01339 881230.