Give Us Time
1759. Sean Taylor
Sean Taylor, from London, is a veteran and the chair of trustees for ‘Give Us Time’, the charity which has given free holidays to over 600 military families and allowed them to spend quality time together after injury, bereavement or long separation due to deployment.
Founded in 2012, and established as a charity in 2013, ‘Give Us Time’ has inspired thousands of private donors and holiday companies to donate short breaks for military families. 82% of the families that have taken up a holiday through the charity have reported that the relationships between partners and children are strengthened by an opportunity to rest recover and reconnect, in a neutral and supportive environment.
Sean is also a trustee for ‘F4H‘, a charity providing dedicated supported for veterans and service leavers in adjusting to civilian life and improving self-esteem.
In a personal letter to Sean, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“The nation owes a huge debt of gratitude to people like yourself who put their lives on the line for others. So I was delighted to learn of the support you are giving your fellow veterans through ‘Give Us Time’.
“One of the hardest aspects of military life must be the separation from loved ones. Giving military families short breaks to rest, recover and reconnect is a wonderfully practical way of looking after the men and women who do so much for us.”
“Winning this award is such an honour. I have never helped people in order to gain thanks in return. This is a direct result of being able to work with people who do incredible things, largely voluntary, across the entire Charity and Veteran sectors. This has been an immensely difficult time for everyone and a time that I believe we should just all help one another. In particular, ‘Give Us Time’ delivers respite to the families of the Armed Forces Community when they most need it and ‘F4H’ looks to guide veterans who need help taking control of tomorrow. I am absolutely delighted to accept this award in appreciation of all the good work that has been done – and there is still more to do.”