Just want to say a massive thank you for last week. Just like my bag that I took there that was half empty, my heart and soul was too and over winter I had lost my way. Both have come back full. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing experience and memories.
I hope on your side it was a huge success that can only grow. Truly humbled with some of the experiences and places we visited. Keep up the awesome work.
The Neve family
Hi, just wanted to thank you for looking after us all so well. What a truly amazing week we’ve had. It’s hard to explain to others just how much this week has changed our lives and how much we benefited from these games. We’ve made friends for life and our kids got to experience a different culture and way of living. We fell in love with Israel and the Israeli people. Thank you for giving us this opportunity. We loved every second!!
Well done Beit Halochem. Doing what you do enriches the lives of so many. Be proud, scream it from the rooftops, you, the athletes, sponsors and everyone involved deserves every ounce of credit. May this acorn that you have planted grow into a huge tree.
Jonathan Ball – CEO of The Royal Marines Charity
I was blown away by the quality of care, staff and facilities of Beit Halochem. Thank you so much for all you did for our veterans over these life changing days in so many ways – continued progress in recovery, new British friends, empathy and support of Israeli veterans, understanding of Israel and the courage and commitment of your people.
As some of you know, 25 years ago, I was shot four times by the IRA, whilst serving with the Royal Military Police in Belfast. One round went through my back, one through my face, one through my right thumb and the last through my helmet, narrowly missing my head.
This last week I have had the honour and privilege to have be chosen by The Not Forgotten Association to travel to Israel, with 56 other veterans and their families to take part in the first ever Veteran Games and Conference in Tel Aviv.
We competed in swimming, shooting, cross fit and water polo in the mornings, and in afternoons and evenings treated to a truly exceptional Israeli experience. Cultural trips, a visit to the Dead Sea, a meal in the desert overlooking Jordan, a walk around Jerusalem and to top it off a visit to the President of Israel’s residence. We were treated like Kings and Queens with everything laid on for us.
My fears of going into a range, firing a weapon, were soon put to one side, with the support and understanding from both UK veterans and Israeli close by. New friendships were made, old ones reinforced, what an amazing experience we have all shared.
Thank you to the sponsors, all the charitable organisations, The Israeli experience team, The Not Forgotten, The Royal Marines Charity, Beit Halochem Centres and staff, and to all the veterans and their families for making this a trip of a lifetime and one I will cherish forever.
Mental health for veterans in the UK is severely lacking, but I hope the conference that ran alongside this event was useful and helps improve services for veterans,which is so desperately needed. Trips like this though, are good for the soul and make you feel proud to have served.
Thank you also to my family for all the support in enabling me to be able to go on this trip. Jean Burgess, James Beazley, Chris Ralston, Rosie Hilliard.