We try not to ‘organise’ their holiday too much but if any of our visitors want to do / tryanything, we can always arrange it for them. Having said that, we do have a formal ‘welcome’ evening when the British Honorary Consul, Deborah Hellyer, along with representatives of our supporters get to meet the guys for a drink and canapés. After about an hour we leave them in the very capable hands of our committee member and ex Army Master Chef, Adrian Deamer, who cooks a fabulous meal for them.
During the welcome we were more than a little ‘chuffed’ when the Gurkhas, Tek & Ramesh, presented the Rest & Recover Team with a ‘Kukri’ (the famous knife they always carry into battle), in recognition of the help we have given to injured soldiers. This will eventually be proudly displayed in the Military Museum in Es Castell along with their Regimental Plaque.
Believe it or not, this was the first time the Gurkhas had been anywhere on holiday, as the only other places they had been to were on postings with the Army. So they were more that happy to find that Menorca also happens to be the home of one of the largest Buddhas in Europe. We would like to say a big thank you to the monk Lamchen who welcomed us into the Temple while he was in the middle of preparing it for an International conference. We have checked on the internet and, yes, it does appear to be the largest Buddha in Europe. So now you know..!
The residents of Cala en Porter were superb in looking after the lads for us, so once again you did us proud. There are just too many people to thank but here are just a few; Jan & Harry at ‘Big Al’s Ranch, 007 Bar, Manolita & Eduardo at the Aloha Bar, Menorca Mobility, Don Cars, Poppy Cars, Age Concern, Cova d’en Xoroi, and again, all you lovely ladies who made the food and cakes, everything you do, no matter how little, helps to make these visits go like clockwork.
So that we know if we get it right, we do hand out feed back sheets to our guests and we thought we should share just one of the responses with you:-
“Just to say, the experience was well planned and well organised. All the people we met were a pleasure to talk to and a great addition to an already amazing holiday. The Island and its occupants (Local & British) were just brilliant. I can think of nothing that is lacking from this set-up and the Island community you have is second to none. Thank you again for an amazing part to our lives and I’m sure we will see you again, hopefully in the near future, Kind regards” C&K
Yeah, we think we got it right again..!
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