Wanted: holiday homes for heroes

Thanks to Nige for this information copied directly from Nige’s North Cyprus Forum:

“A BRITISH ex-serviceman living in Paphos has set up a holiday scheme for serving military personnel of all nationalities and is looking for home owners willing to donate their properties for one or two weeks each year.

“I am looking for apartments or villas and already have seven properties which have been donated,” Alan Wilson said.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide a break for serving personal or those who have been medically discharged and their families.

In addition, Wilson is negotiating car hire prices for the servicemen at a 40 per cent reduction.

He is also hoping to be able to negotiate a deal for providing medical services.

Wilson is co-operating with a number of organisations and also hopes to work alongside the British Bases in Cyprus.

“There are two battalions of soldiers based here in Cyprus. One is currently in Afghanistan and the other one are due to take over.’

Wilson said the scheme is not only for the benefit of British servicemen and women but also for all of those serving in the forces.

“I don’t discriminate between the British and any other nationality,” he said.

He said that serving British personnel have their own flight scheme and ‘indulgence’ flights are offered to them for a minimal amount, but his own scheme also offers them a place to stay.

Wilson, who is now 60 years old, spent 12 years in the army serving in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kenya and Canada. He first came to Cyprus in 1970 as a soldier, but has now lived here for the last 20 years.

“I understand what these servicemen are going through because of what I have seen, although places like Afghanistan are a lot worse than Ireland was,” he said.

“These breaks are so important they give the service personnel time away from their bases to recuperate and recharge their batteries.”

Wilson has also been responsible for organising the annual Remembrance Day service in Peyia, which he started two years ago.

‘It’s along the lines of the service which is held at the Cenotaph in London every year,” he said. “This year there will also be a bugler from the bases playing the last post.”

Last year the service’s collection was split equally between the Cyprus Veterans and Help for Heroes.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the service on November 14 which will be held in Peyia car park at 10.30am.”

A website for ‘holidays for heroes’ is currently being set up and will contain all the relevant information and properties available.

Wilson pointed out that he would ensure all properties are left clean and linen and towels are laundered.

“As I already have had some properties donated, it’s now a question of fitting the personnel to the property,” he said.

For further information or to donate a property call Alan Wilson on +357 99 850355

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