Paphos holiday homes urgently needed for wounded soldiers

Paphos holiday homes urgently needed for wounded soldiers

first_imgTHE recent boom in visitor numbers to Cyprus has left a Paphos based non-profit organisation which operates holidays for injured or traumatised military serving or non-serving personnel, short of accommodation for July and August this year.MARCH- Military and Retired Cyprus Holidays for Heroes- is appealing to the public for help, as many of their usual donated Paphos houses have been rented out on yearly contracts or to holiday makers, said Alan Wilson.“We are really desperate this year to find homes for a number of families that are hoping to come to Paphos for a short break this summer, in particular, there are three families that we urgently need to help,” he told the Cyprus Mail.MARCH is a non-profit organisation which Wilson set up with his wife Barbara in 2010.They operate holidays for injured or traumatised military serving or non-serving personnel and cater for all types of injuries including: tetraplegics, paraplegics, the blind, burns victims and amputees of all descriptions, and also those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.Homeowners give their properties for free for one or two weeks. Prior to the stay, Wilson visits the property to check its suitability and pairs it with the right guest. The non-profit organisation then pays for it to be cleaned, and has a welcome package placed at the property.Everything that is used is laundered and put back in place, and the house is re-cleaned once the individual or family leaves.“These holidays are very important for these people as many are suffering with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), they can enjoy time away with their families to relax and it gives them a much needed break in the sun.”Wilson said that members of the public donate their properties to ensure these wounded serving and retired personnel have much needed privacy.One ex-serviceman due to holiday in Paphos in July is Andy Grant, a Royal Marine, who was severely injured in Afghanistan in February 2009, in an IED (improvised explosive device) explosion.He had his right leg amputated in November 2010. Since then, the inspirational veteran has learnt to ski, surf and skydive and won two gold medals and a bronze at the Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women in London in 2014. He is also the world record holder, as the world’s fastest single leg amputee.“He would love to come on holiday in Cyprus with his wife and children and we need to find a three bedroom property, and with a pool if possible,” he said.Grant visited Cyprus five years ago, but the home he used is now rented out, said Wilson.Another ex-serviceman hoping to holiday in Paphos this summer is Martyn Compton, who has visited Paphos before and suffered 75 per cent third-degree burns all over his body while serving in Afghanistan.“He is badly burned and needs a private pool and four bedrooms and I hope a homeowner can help us.”Compton served in the Household Cavalry for 14 years and in 2006, on his first tour of Afghanistan, his vehicle was blown up, killing three of the crew. As the only remaining crew member, Compton was shot at with rocket propelled grenades which blew up the engine block and engulfed him in flames.He managed to crawl out, on fire and was shot twice. Since then, he has undergone more than 500 hours of operations and years of rehabilitation.And the third is wheelchair bound Jonathon Pipe, who Wilson said was blown up in Iraq. He needs a three or four bedroom property, one on the ground floor, and a wet room.“His children, all boys, are aged 12, 11 and 7, and it will be wonderful if this family can have a sunshine break together,” said Wilson.The organisation is still experiencing ongoing problems regarding the use of a donated mini bus used to carry wounded service personnel during their holidays to Cyprus. According to Wilson, the organisation has had little help from the transport ministry who had banned them from using it because taxi drivers have objected.“We have overcome this by using Phoenix ambulance service, who will pick up servicemen and women from the airport when necessary. They do everything they can to help,” he said.If you can donate a property: Tel: 00357 [email protected]  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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