We are a Jersey charity whose aim is to provide a week’s holiday on our beautiful island, to any past or present member of HM Forces injured, in mind or body, whilst during or resulting from their service.
H4HJ was founded by Dawn & Richard Woodhouse in August 2008. Since our launch we have provided 2200+ holidays and thanks to the generous support we have received, our charity is going from strength to strength.
How it all began
During the 2007 Remembrance Day Service at the Parish Church of St Clement in Jersey, the Rector’s sermon inspired Dawn to consider providing holidays for injured service personnel. In February 2008, Richard & Dawn thought perhaps they would offer a holiday to possibly one or two injured boys in their home. Within a short time and after innocently mentioning what they intended to do, donations started to come in, with the suggestion, “do it properly and put the boys into a nice hotel”.
And so Holidays for Heroes Jersey (H4HJ) was established and launched on 28th August 2008, by our Founder Patron, The Lieut. Governor of Jersey, His Excellency Lieut. General Sir Andrew Ridgway. With considerable help from our founder committee members and The Not Forgotten Association, seven heroes were present at the launch. H4HJ’s charitable status was confirmed by Jersey’s Tax Authority and membership of the Association of Jersey Charities was approved. Following five years of patronage by H.E. General Sir John McColl, our patron is now the current Lieut. Governor of Jersey, His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of Islanders and the local business community, money came pouring in and tourist attractions offered complimentary admission and facilities. Many people volunteered to help with transport and other duties.
We look forward to welcoming many more heroes with their partners/carers and in some cases, their children, during each season, which begins in April.
For past members of the Armed Forces, the good offices of The Not Forgotten Association, Veterans U.K., SSAFA, Royal British Legion, BLESMA, SAMA, Gulf War Vets. Association, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress, P.R.U.’s, Help for Heroes etc are mainly used to identify those in of and deserving of a holiday. Nominations also come from many of the other established military welfare organisations. Please complete the Application Form (on this web site) and send or post it to us.
The address is on the form.
SERVING PERSONNEL nominations are received from the Welfare Officers of all three services at Regiment, Squadron, Ship and P.R.U level and completed Information Forms are sent to us.
Application Form & 2017 Dates.
PLEASE READ THESE NOTES BEFORE COMPLETING THE HOLIDAY APPLICATION FORM.
IF WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER YOU A HOLIDAY WE WILL BE COMMITTING CONSIDERABLE FUNDS. IN RETURN WE ASK YOU TO PROMPTLY BOOK AND PAY FOR YOUR FLIGHT/FERRY THROUGH OUR RECOMMENDED TRAVEL COMPANY – THEIR DETAILS WILL BE IN OUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT LETTER.
WE ONLY SAY THIS TO SAVE THE EMBARRASSMENT OF HAVING TO CHASE YOU WHEN TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN CONFIRMED AND PAID – WE WILL HAVE ALREADY BOOKED YOUR HOTEL BY THIS TIME.
YOUR FLIGHT/FERRY COSTS WILL BE REFUNDED IN FULL ON ARRIVAL IN JERSEY.
These notes may sound rather firm but you will find that we strive to make your holiday as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.
Application Form H4HJ 2017 (Right Click and Save As – 63Kb .doc)
2017 HOLIDAY WEEKS
8 APRIL – 15 APRIL
6 MAY – 13 MAY
3 JUNE – 10 JUNE
14 JULY – 21 JULY (Hasler Company, Royal Marines only)
15 JULY – 22 JULY (Priority given to school age families)
5 AUGUST – 12 AUGUST (Priority given to school age families)
19 AUGUST – 26 AUGUST (Priority given to school age families)
9 SEPTEMBER – 16 SEPTEMBER
We will be offering holidays at The Merton Hotel, with Dinner, Bed and Breakfast included.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE :-
Call us on (01534) 856658
Contact us via this website