Free holidays donated to service personnel at Catterick

Military personnel and their families at Catterick Garrison in need of a break have received free holidays at a Cumbrian holiday park.

The owners of Stanwix Park, at Silloth, handed out ten vouchers for stays at the park and gave Army chiefs another dozen to be distributed.

Owner Roland Stanwix runs the park with sons Stephen and Graham.

He said he decided to help out after speaking to Catterick taxi driver Ray Telford, who had been bringing service personnel to the park for several years for free.

“We got talking to Ray in the bar and we didn’t know that we had families from Catterick staying with us.

“It was hellish to see the British troops come back to RAF Lyneham from Afghanistan and to think what they had been through.

“There’s nothing we could do at the time but this is something we can do now to help.

“Our accommodation isn’t let all the time and we feel very proud that we are able to help in this small way.”

The Garrison commander Lieutenant Colonel Joe Jordan said he was very grateful for the support of the Stanwix family.

The garrison’s welfare officers are given the job of allocating the holidays to those they feel would benefit from a break.