A ROTARY club has hosted founders of a military charity.

The Rotary Club of Colchester hosted the event for Dawn and Richard Woodhouse, founders of the military charity Holidays for Heroes Jersey.

Club president John Powell presented Richard with a cheque for more than £6,000 to help provide holidays in Jersey for injured or traumatised servicemen and women and their families.

Thanking club members for their support, Richard said H4HJ has provided holidays for more than 3,000 service families since he and Dawn started the charity in 2009.

The charity is supported by Lieutenant Governor, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton GCB, the people of Jersey, and their ambassador Simon Weston CBE.

Nigel Humphreys, Rotarian at the club, said: “The Rotary Club of Colchester has supported H4HJ since 2010, specifically to help servicemen and women of the 16th Air Assault Brigade in Colchester.

“To date 27 families from the brigade have benefited, with the club raising more than £50,000 to fund the cost of their transport, flights, accommodation, meals and pocket money.”

“Richard paid tribute to the club and to their partners such as the Colchester Rugby Club and The East of England Co-op.

“He read out letters of thanks he had received from beneficiaries, telling of the amazing time they had in Jersey and the life-changing effects these holidays have had on them.”