"Derek & Leza, Thank you for a wonderful massage at your "oasis" of a spa. " Thank you for making our visit and experience with The Mona Leeza an . to thank you and your staff again for the lovely start of my Mother's Day Weekend.
“To express in words the gratitude to both of you gorgeous ladies for the space you held this weekend is difficult. Memories of laughter, fun, space, quiet, food, weather, yoga, sleep……. and friendship. + ART + YOGA + MORE. Thank you. Namaste, from the bottom of my heart” – Deb, Sept 2015
“Thank you Narelle & Helen for a fantastic weekend – loved every minute, the attention to detail, the fabulous food, the creative environment and the yoga sessions were perfect. Great laughs over Pictionary (look out if you have to draw a flipper!) – See you soon” – Colette, Sept 2015
“Thanks for a lovely, indulgent weekend. Also thanks for caring enough to cater for my dietary needs, the food was yummy.
Hopefully I will be able to attend next time. Well done with your organizing – Love Julie” Sept 2015
“Such a rewarding, memorable experience, one which will be well treasured for many years to come. Love your work ladies!” – Nataley, May 2015
“Wonderful people, wonderful food, fab painting, thanks heaps.” – Sandy (Art n Yoga), 2014
Thanks Swahini Sistas – a great ‘women’s weekend!’ Great company – very good fun,” – Hilary (Art n Yoga), 2014
“Thank you for a caring and nurturing environment to express ourselves.” – Jan
and a follow up …. “I just wanted to take this opportunity to again say a BIG THANK YOU for the wonderful art retreat. You took such good care of us. Narelle, the food was truly fabulous, it’s hard catering to so many people – I bet you felt like you never got out of the kitchen. I felt very nourished and I was probably well detoxed by the end of the weekend! Helen, your inspiring yoga sessions left me with a new found sense of well being and I got up early this morning before work to do the yoga I could remember and then took my dog for a walk, who looked at me quizzically as I “ah-oooo-mmmm-ed” my way through the forest!! My partner Doug said he could see the change in me when I walked through the door…. The art added a lovely dimension to our learning on the weekend and you were so open and non judgmental with your comments Helen. It is rare to be able to congregate with women in a safe and caring environment where you can just let your cares drift away. I got home to a warm fire and a bowl of soup… a great wrap up to a great weekend. Once again, thanks!” – Jan (Art n Yoga), 2014
“Enjoyed the experience. Good food, good company, good venue, good music, good facilitators, good art teacher. NO, make that:- Fantastic to all of the above!” – Robbie (Art n Yoga), 2014
“What an awesome experience again. Thank you so much. Hope to be back again. Every retreat has been different but the same – fantastic!” – Beth, 2014
“What an absolute blessing to be here again – but in an AMAZING new venue. Last time was Feb 2012, I was 4 1/2 months pregnant – and that experience was life changing. Now I made it back and I feel like I’ve just received the best gift ever! Wonderful company, belly laughs, standing up surfing (yay), amazingly awesome yummo food!, my best bath I’ve ever had in my life – rose petals and all!, fire poi, geo-caching and chanting. After 12 retreats you have the recipe for this retreat down to PERFECTION……………… Don’t change a thing. I would love all my special friends to experience this! I will be back” – Bec, 2014
“Thank you both for this wonderful treat retreat. I expected to have an effort at physical fitness but it was a huge surge towards mental fitness. Thank you and thank you again” – Wendy, 2014
“Your retreat was way more than I expected it to be. It was such a special two days shared with such lovely people. I feel rejuvenated and clear headed (probably due to no wine!!). Thank you for my coffee, I would have been ugly without it. I’m now inspired again so a huge tribute to you gals!” – Vanessa, 2014
“I am so grateful that you guys are doing what you do in Albany, WA! The community (and beyond) is so lucky to have these retreats available. What an amazing weekend….. a time to connect with ourselves, with other women in a calm and real way, and with nature. This is so rarely done in our ‘normal’ lives because we are all so busy. I think every single woman could benefit greatly from a Swahini Retreat and I sure will be spreading the word. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support, laughter, fun, nourishment, food and careful thought. You ladies are amazing. Keep doing what you do, and spreading light and love” – Amy, 2014
“What a fantastic weekend. I am so grateful to be able to be a ‘Swahini Sista’ for the weekend. Wonderful hosts, beautiful food, and met some lovely ladies. I will be back next year” – Liana, 2014
“Thank you for an amazing weekend. I loved it all! Feeling blessed to have been a part of it. I’ll be back for more” – Leanne, 2014
“Another great weekend – again! Love the sisterhood and the blessed nurturing. See you next year” – Kathleen, 2014
‘Thanks so much for a wonderful weekend. It just keeps getting better. I will see you next year” – Tracy, 2014
“What an AMAZING experience. Could not wipe the smile off my face – my eyes are clear and my skin is glowing after all the clean, nutritious food! Great surfing tips… 1, 2, 3, pop! Loved the slumber party on the yoga mats whilst watching our surfing session. I am on my way to becoming a ‘Yogi’!! Felt so relaxed yet full of energy. Thanks a million!” – Coley, 2014
“Thank you for a wonderful weekend filled with great people, good healthy food, fun surf & peace. Thank you” – Wendy & Tessa, 2014
“Thank you all for the most awesome-est weekend I have had with a group of girls. Thank you for making us all feel welcome and part of your sisterhood. Stay well and keep happy. Hope to catch up again one day” – Vicki 2014
“What a lovely time I have had at Fisherman’s Lodge. It’s so lovely to cleanse the body with fresh foods, yoga, great people around and great times. I feel exactly how Coley feels…. energized. I feel my skin is glowing and refreshed. It feels so good to be without the mobile and ‘liquid’ 🙂 You definitely feel better in yourself. I loved it all – thank you again for the great times – well needed” – Bri 2014
“Thank you for a great weekend! Would recommend your retreat! Keep up the great atmosphere chicky babes!” – Sue 2014
“Thanks for a fantastic weekend. Good food, good friends, beautiful location. Thanks for the surf tips and relaxing yoga sessions. Cheers” – Sam 2014
“Thanks Narelle, Helen, Jane & Maxine. I had a fantastic weekend. Everything was fantastic. Yoga, surfing, food and a great positive attitude. Great weekend all round. Thanks to Roz and Ellen too!” – Marlene 2014
“To the dear joyful, refreshing women of the retreat. I can’t put into words the full context and emotion of this weekend, total bliss. The balance of the weekend was perfect – great food, ambiance, yoga, surf and retreat. My soul feels more open, I feel more accepting and calm. You all have a unique and genuine gift to relate to women’s needs. Thank for being such beautiful souls. I’m now ready to continue with practice, and ready to start my new train of thought of well being. Much gratitude” – Bec (and bump), May 2013
“My third and favorite retreat so far – so many beautiful and special moments. I think the best way to describe your retreat is ‘Grassroots’. Home grown and home cooked meals, all down to earth genuine women, soul surfing, heaps of laughs and giant stress relief. All this in the most pristine place on earth. Bliss – hope to still be enjoying the Swahini Retreats in my 50’s, 60’s & 70’s! Keep on believing in yourselves girls – we all do” – Jacqui, May 2013
“Amazing, amazing massage this afternoon with Amy! It’s just been the perfect day – beautiful weather, yoga, breakfast, surf, lunch, massage, sleep!, yoga and now have dinner to look forward to….. then Day 2! Forgot to mention….. perfect beginner waves this morn!”
“Day 2…. forgot about life for a while. Tony’s surf tips and lots of stand up surfing today. A great night’s sleep, loads of dolphins, another beautiful sunny day down the beach, great food, yoga and company again – thanks so much ladies. See you next year! xxx” – Julie, March 2015
“A wonderful experience, love it. Amazing people, amazing food. Would recommend it to all my friends. Thank you for everything” – March 2015
“Thank you for a second wonderful retreat. I feel refreshed and renewed again. Beautiful food and amazing company. Just perfect. See you again next year!” – Kath, May 2013
“Thank you to all – the organizers and other sista’s. What a magical weekend that I will remember forever. Last year was wonderful and it’s hard to believe it could get any better. I’ll be back again and again. Please keep it going and I don’t think you need to change a thing. So welcoming” – Beth, May 2013
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Words don’t do this retreat justice. I came for relaxation and I have left with great memories and friendships. I had so much fun and ate way too much. Keep doing what you girls do best and never stop believing in yourselves. Take care until we meet again” – Maria, May 2013
“Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. I believe it was a calling to be here this weekend. The Yoga was amazing and I just feel so relaxed after the whole weekend. You girls are doing a wonderful job. Love it and I will be back” – Tracy, May 2013
“Thank you Helen, Narelle and crew for a lovely relaxing weekend retreat. I loved the combination of relaxing and exercise. Great to have people like you to put this effort in” – Dorothy, May 2013
“I have wanted to come and do a retreat with you for so long, and it exceeded my every hope and expectation”
“Nellie, Helen and fellow Swahini’s – from the depths of my soul, thank you! So loved your strong, informative and feminine natures at work and play – Namaste”- Louise Campbell, May 2012
“Thanks for a weekend to re-connect with some beautiful warm women, teachers, sisters and friends. The laughs will not be forgotten. You girls rock! Hope to be here again”
“Had a lovely weekend. Complete Bliss. Would love to do it again.”
“I feel like I have won lotto”
“This retreat was such a great weekend, great food, great people, great surf, great yoga, great place”
“A huge thank you for an absolutely wonderful weekend! Special thanks to Nel, Helen, Jane and to all the lovely ladies that I met. And what a perfect way to spend my birthday and begin my 47th year” – Kath, May 2012
”A very big thank you. Great food, great company, great memories. I have achieved more than I ever imagined – Thank you!”
“Thanks so much for your generous hospitality! We thoroughly enjoyed our ‘getaway’ weekend – the yoga, the food, the surfing!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you – Om Om Om
”More than met my expectations. Think I may get addicted to the surfing. Was so much fun, relaxing, tiring and wonderful – thank you”
“I enjoyed everything! A very happy feeling. The start of new daily practices for me.”
“Absolutely wonderful. Enjoyed the surf, yoga & food and friends. Thanks – Om Shanti”
“Thank you for such a beautiful weekend – we loved it”
“Once again….. a beautiful, relaxing, nurturing and fun weekend with amazing women, inspiring and fulfilling. Awesome food, cool weather but warm vibes. Thank you SO much – so much appreciated”
“What an awesome weekend. Every detail was so friendly, thoughtful and homely. My arms are aching in a kind of ‘I did something’ way from paddling and spending quality time in the majestic southern ocean. Thanks Narelle, Helen and Team for your passion and energy on all”
“Thank you Narelle and Helen for an amazing two days. It has been inspirational, fun, healthy (loved the seaweed wraps!!), however the best thing was to spend time with you both and to meet special people like Kate and Kathleen… and by the way Jane, you rock. Please also thank Maxine, Roz and Mike for their contribution to an unforgettable weekend!! See you next February” – Nilla, February 2013
“Thank you Swahini Sisters Narelle and Helen for sharing your skills, space, energy and love on Retreat. My first in years and worth every moment of enjoyment. I feel empowered to carry on with yoga and surf” – Kate, February 2013
“What a great two days!! Endless thanks to the two Swahini Sista’s Helen and Narelle. To Jane, Nilla and Kate, thank you so much for sharing your stories, your love and your support. Helen you are an awesome Yoga Teacher and Narelle, thank you for organising this marvelous event. I’m already saving my pennies for next year! – Kathleen, 2013
“Massive thank you once again for a full body & soul overhaul – so look forward to it each year – ‘my’ time!” – Jacqui, 2012
“Awesome, superb, top shelf, perfect in EVERY way. A winner on all accounts” – Bec, Albany 2012
“I found a part of me that I had thought I had lost forever – thank you!
“Is an absolute credit to Narelle and Helen for their huge effort, and the vibe was so lovely over the whole weekend. Can fully recommend it to anyone needing a little time-out to replenish and nourish your soul. Absolute winner! Thank you so much” – Jacqueline Withers (mother of twins and wife of legend) 2011
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Thank you so much for the shirt that fits perfectly the tie and cuff links set it off lovely. This means so much to me because as they say Northern Ireland is the forgotten war. I get very low at times having had no real help in the last 48yrs. As I say I cannot thank you enough for the lovely gifts it’s really lifted my spirits and made my day.
I and my family would like to express our sincere gratitude to you and your team for such a wonderful lunch at the Safari Hut and a night stay at the quiet and lovely Woburn Hotel.
Thank you once again and God Bless you all.
Thank you so much for an amazing day at Woburn safari, we truly had an awesome day, the kids loved it. We spent most of the day with Dave,Stacy and there lovely children Jack and Amelia.
It’s aways great to see the smiles on all the children’s faces and family’s having fun, you can spot them all around the safari, with there amazing sock monkeys.
Thank you once again Emma,
much love the Tarten-Hughes family xx
Just a quick email to say thank you to you and the team for another wonderful trip. The Woburn Hotel was amazing as was the safari Park and bbq.
Thank you for all you do.
Kev has a picture of us with he sock monkeys and I mean it when I say without yourselves and kev I don't know where I would be.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for inviting my family and friends over at the safari park. We had a good time and really appreciate you for taking the time to organising the barbecue and also providing us with a wonderful hotel.
Just wanted to say thank you to you all for a lovely day today. We had such amazing day lunch was lovely and my boys loved their teddies.
Hotel was fantastic a real treat for us all as a family to just relax and not worry about anything for a while.
Thank you to you all
Please thank Emma for a fantastic day me and my wife had at Woburn Safari Park. It was topped off with a lovely barbecue meal.
Good morning Emma,
I am writing to thank you for organising the Invictus UK trials BIG GIG with Eliot on Monday evening. I only managed a quick hello with you before the event started, but managed to bump into Eliot at the swimming on Thursday to thank him personally on an amazing evening that started off the week with a bang.
Hopefully you managed to get to see some of the events during the week and saw the amazing things that can happen when you give people hope and belief. I bumped into old friends and made many new and without people like you giving up your time things like this would not happen and we would be content keeping within our safe little bubble and not pushing ourselves to get out there to push the possible.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart,
You might recall I was made redundant earlier this year. However, after 179 applications I have secured a new job at TFL.
The tools that I learnt at David’s motivation and well-being workshop played a huge part in me constantly moving forward despite the barrage of “thanks, but no thanks”; and of course the lucky shirt.
Style for Soldiers continues to support and encourage me out of my comfort zone. I’d not been to London in ten years and the workshop provided me an invaluable opportunity to make changes to my daily routines allowing me to move forward in life.
Thank you for all that you did to help organise and run last weeks Style for Soldiers Summer dinner. It was another excellent evening catching up with friends and making new ones. I hope you were able to enjoy the evening. I would also like to pass on my thanks to Matt for being so instrumental in getting Burberry on board and for Burberry’s very generous donation of costs.
Thank you again for your time, effort, compassion and kindness.
Very best wishes,
Your events make me feel special, and I haven’t felt special for a very long time.
The Style for Soldiers dinner night was a great evening.
It was the first dinner night me and my wife Heather have been too. Heather had such a great time that night she was able to put some personal stuff to the back of her mind for a short time.
The two of us feel bad for not chatting to you that night. Every time we wanted to people were pulling you different ways to talk to you.
It’s means so much to Heather the money you gave her to buy a new dress honestly Emma it meant the world to her.
From me and Heather we can’t thank you enough for an amazing night.
Good evening Emma, Kristal and team,
I wanted to thank you once again on behalf of Jade and myself for your kind invitation to the Style for Soldiers Summer Dinner in Gloucester.
It was a truly fantastic evening and I can't thank you enough for the efforts that you all put into to organising such events and creating such experiences/memories for everyone that is lucky enough to be able to attend. It was truly amazing to have the opportunity to catch up with so many friends that without your events, we simply would not get to see, largely due to work commitments and geography.
The unrelenting work and support that you provide is an inspiration to all and the thanks and appreciation could be clearly seen on the faces of everyone there. You are literally giving hope and changing the lives and wellbeing of injured serviceman and their loved ones.
Once again a heart-felt thank you for organising and hosting such an amazing event. It was truly incredible and somehow, they get better year upon year.
Dear Style for Soldiers,
We would like to say a massive thank you for an amazing evening on Friday night at the get together. The meal was lovely and the hotel, we really enjoyed it. Thank you also for the Burberry coats, we haven’t had a chance to wear them yet but love them.
We can’t wait to see more pictures up on social media.
Thank you so much for everything that you do for our veterans
Dan and Sarah Phillips
Good evening Kristal,
Thank you and Emma for another amazing Style for Soldiers Summer party in Gloucester. I can’t believe we were given Burberry coats it’s an amazing gift to be given i’m so grateful and humbled to be thought of and i’m very lucky to be invited to these events every year.
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to us veterans and the charity, I really had a good laugh with you as always and looking forward to more laughter.Xxx Cant thank you both enough i’m so grateful xx Ben Roberts
I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye tonight as I went to look for a taxi and one was waiting for me there and then. So I had to take it otherwise a big wait would have happened.
I just wanted to say thank you to you and to Emma. So please pass on my thanks to her.
It was a great night and so well laid out and the food was amazing!! Plus thank you to all involved with the Burberry coats....I think everyone was delighted with receiving them.
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your evening and please pass on my apologies to Emma too for not saying goodbye and thank you in person.
Good morning Kristal,
Thank you very much for a very enjoyable evening.
I would like to add that Martin looks very handsome and smart in his beautiful Burberry coat. We both appreciate the hard work you and Emma do to create a memorable experience for everyone.
Good morning Kristal,
I would like you extend my grateful thanks to Style for Soldiers for last night my first venue and most certainly not my last had a great time and was lovely to see Emma again and meet yourself. Thank you once again for a great evening.
Hi Kristal and Emma
1st of all thank you so so much for last night, once again it was an amazing night, I'm sorry I couldn't chat for longer. Everyone made Sally Anne feel at home and that was great. Sally also passes on her gratitude and really looks forward to seeing you all again.
It's so humbling being part of SFS and really proud to be part of the family.
Here's to the next one,
Good evening Emma and Kristal,
Myself and Mike would like to thank you both for inviting us last night. We had a fantastic time and met a lot of lovely new people.
We are very grateful for the opportunity to meet and socialise with people who can understand what we are dealing with.
The opportunities and support you offer are fantastic. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.
Claire and Mike Brewster
Great to see everyone last night had a fantastic time,
Look forward to seeing you again soon. And thanks again to you and Emma. X
All the best,
James Tattingham x
Thank you so much for the invite to last nights summer dinner.
Myself and my wife had a great time, it was lovely to meet everyone.
If you could pass on our thanks to Emma and everyone involved who helped make Friday evening a success then that would be appreciated. We had a lovely time and it was nice to see some familiar faces once again.
The Burberry coat was a lovely gesture and a nice surprise.
Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing everyone soon.
What can I say that hasn't been said already! The dedication and hard work that went in to staging the Summer dinner at Hatherley Manor was incredible. I met many friends and some new ones who were at their first dinner; their feedback was incredibly complimentary.
I felt like a magpie, clambering for a beautiful Burberry coat; I think too much champagne was the culprit!
Once again a heart felt thank you to you, the sponsors and the guests who made the Summer Party special. It is so important for 'us' who confront a daily struggle with physical and mental issues, but you make it so worthwhile.
It was lovely to meet you on Friday night, and thank you for such a warm welcome and fantastic event. Kate and I had a wonderful night out, met some old friends and made some new ones too. Emma, yourself and your team of helpers are doing a fantastic job and I will write separately to express our gratitude properly.
We very much look forward to seeing you again a future events.
Many thanks, and best wishes,
Pete & Kate
Hi Emma and Kristal,
Just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you so much for Friday night. Paul and I had a really amazing time and enjoyed every minute of it.
I’ve had a stressful last few years with him working overseas since he left the Royal Marines, but he came home for good in April. He found out on Thursday that he’s got a job working as a Cover Supervisor in a local high school so Friday night just topped off a great week for us! It was so nice to see old friends and make new ones, and we’re so grateful for you putting in the time & effort to organise such a good night for everyone.
A million thanks again,
Lorna (and Paul) Trickett
Hi Kristal, I would just like to say thank you to you and Emma for such a wonderful evening I really enjoyed the occasion and to receive a lovely jacket from Burberry was just amazing. Please pass on my thanks to Emma and to your self for giving me the opportunity to be part off it . It was really lovely to meet so many people at the event. Can you please send me yours and Emma address so I can send a letter of thanks X
Good evening Emma and Kristal,
I hope you are well and have recovered having organised another incredible evening.
The events get better each time and the impact they are having on the lives of others are so powerful. I am truly grateful to you and Kristal for the effort you have and continue to put into all of us.
It's with a smile I write this to you Emma for your wonderful evening you provided at Hatherley Manor.
Its the second group meal I have attended with my lovely lady Hazel. We both want to thank you for all your effort. The venue was beautiful and meal scrummy! We also shared a table with wonderful people and made some new friends.
May we also say big thank you to Kristal for all her help and her remembering me proposing to Hazel on a plane in January. We were both proud to hear of Andrew's MBE and to hear his gratitude to his wife . Partners do have to suffer our moods, anger and frustrations. They are Heroes in their own right. Further thanks go to all the Supporters you introduced and to the lady from Burberry.
Hazel made me a very proud man to hold her hand Friday as she normally does not do dresses. She was and is beautiful and my best friend. All this has been a huge change for her and I can not be more grateful. Last 7 months have put a lot of pressure on our relationship to the point she gave up her job 10 weeks ago to stay with me as she was scared to leave me alone.
Friday evening was a great reason to get Hazel dressed up and for her to relax. I introduced her to Jamie Hull who like everyone else has done so much to get a life back. Hazel and I had a wonderful evening all due to you Emma.
We both send our love to you and your Team and your Charity Supporters
Andrew and Hazel
Dearest Emma, Kristal and S4S
Amanda and I had the most amazing night at this year’s S4S Summer Party. It was lovely to catch up with everyone and I also managed to arrange with Stewart Hill to come along to Pirbright and deliver a my story/inspirational/motivational speech to the Army Training Regiment, I sure that will surprise a lot of soldiers of all ranks especially how so theatrical he delivers.
I had a lovely chat with Richard and he vowed to play golf with me if I complete the 5828 press ups, which relates to soldiers enlisted into the Army. I hope I raise the same amount in money for this awesome charity too.
The night went so quick, and I’m sorry we didn’t really get to chat as you had to rush off at the end of the night when I finally got to talk to you.
Also, thank you with all our heart for your kind £100 donation to go towards Amanda buying an outfit, which she managed to purchase two.
We are so grateful to be part of this special, amazing and clearly the finest charity on this planet - Fact!
Love you guys
Phil and Amanda xxx
Good morning Emma and Kristal
I hope you are both well, and had a great weekend!
The event on Friday was amazing, you truly are both brilliant!
Have a great day, lots of love
Michaela and Tom Hall x
Oh what a night! Probably the best yet and it didn’t finish until 3 am at the hotel so sore heads all around. Many thanks for the tireless work you and the team continue to put in, it is hugely appreciated by all.
The trench coats were a huge success and it was funny to see 2 being worn at breakfast. Being a spotter in military history I was aware of the connection to the first trench coats produced pre WWI but all I got from Danny Kaye and Co was Police jokes about Inspector Gadgets and Closeau!
As an aside I was struck at the number of guys who are rapidly becoming veterans now and I am sure the new well being and mental health support will be of enormous help to them. The hardest part for me leaving was the feeling of loss when you left, no longer having the respect of others and the support blanket that had been in place for over 33 years. It takes a few years but the veneer is sometime thin so coming along to events is always good to remind you who and what you were.
Good luck for the summer and hopefully see you at one of the next events.
Just a short email. Just want to thank you and Emma for having me the other night. Once again it was a fantastic night and thank you for everything. Was lovely seeing everyone and yourselves.
Great to see you again the other night..
Wow what a night eh thanks so much for all of your hard work in the organising and setting up I reckon it paid off eh?
Hope you had a great weekend and rested a wee bit J
All the best for now
Hi there just want to thank you for a brilliant night, I just want to thank you for my lovely trench coat can’t thank you enough.
Please accept these flowers as a token of my appreciation, thanking you and everyone at Style for Soldiers for a wonderful evening and all that you do to help.The event provided the chance to reconnect and make new connections with fellow Veterans and it was a huge pleasure to be part of.
God bless and kind regards,
Emma & Kristal,
Thank you once again for everything! The Summer ball was amazing, hospitality great, we are truly grateful for your help, support and invitations.
Lots of Love,
Michaela and Tom Hall x
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your m&s voucher. Due to just returning from deployment I have only just got to round to using it. It was a lovely surprise for when I got home.
The work you do for style for soldiers is remarkable.
I would just like to say thank you for sending the shirts to me that I previously emailed you about. I have just received them and I cannot wait to start wearing them out again.
Thankyou very much!
I am yet again humbled and grateful for the ongoing support Style for Soldiers continues to offer me, and other veterans, who have been discharged following injury. It can often feel like the system no longer cares about us, but to know there are others out there who do and who are willing to offer real tangible support is truly heartwarming.
I would be most grateful if you could pass my thanks along to those from Marks and Spencer who supported this offer. Equally if there is someone from that organisation I could write to, to express my gratitude, I would be delighted to do so?
I am lucky to have been able to secure employment that i am able to do despite my injuries, and your kind gift means I will continue to look my best for years to come, while doing it.
I would also like to take this opportunity to offer my deep regrets that I will not be able to accept your kind offer to attend the Summer Dinner, unfortunately I am on holiday on that date.
Once again, countless thanks I am extraordinarily grateful!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the work that you have done in securing M&S and Russell and Bromley vouchers for injured servicemen. I have used mine and I can honestly say that I am chuffed to bits and I could not be more grateful. I am sure that you will also have made a huge difference to lots of other servicemen who have been injured through the years.
Thank again so much for all that you do. It is very humbling indeed!
I just wanted to say thank you for your help and support.
Good evening Emma,
I would like to wish you a massive congratulations for your achievement in getting awarded the 1138th Point of Light Award on the International Woman's Day!!!! I am so happy for you Emma and I must say you do absolutely deserve this award, it was a long time coming.
Your absolute devotion, compassion and tireless commitment towards us the injured servicemen can never be paralleled with any other. We can never thank you enough for everything you do for us Emma. Have a good and productive week.
My name is Chris, I'm one of the beneficiaries of Style for Soldiers.
Please would you pass on this message to Emma,
I am filled with joy to hear your being recognised for an award today, on International Womens Day.
I first benefited from your charitable organisation about 4 years ago, you provided me with a shirt, and the vouchers for shoes and other work wear through M&S and Russell & Bromley.
At that time I was going for my first real job; post service, I was nervous of London, and working in a professional working environment. I was further nervous of interviews, and looking the right way. I most certainly did not have the money to give myself appropriate workwear to last myself a week!
What you provided me with, through your organisation, was the confidence to walk into my interviews feeling like I belonged, looked good in my beautiful shirt, my new shoes and my suit; I felt prepared. Furthermore, I could get everyday shirts, trousers and other bits and bobs so that I looked and felt the part in the new office environment I was moving in to. That confidence, in my mind, is why I am finding success in my career.
I am very fortunate, have a wonderful job, in an industry I am passionate about working in. I fundamentally believe that without your support I may not have got the job in the first place, and even if I had, I would have felt out of place for months whilst I found a way to dress appropriately, whilst feeling good about how I looked. Particularly with my injury.
Further, your Christmas Party is legitimately my favorite event of the year. The chance to see my friends, whilst networking a little over a glass of bubbles is amazing. I sincerely wait with baited breath every year for the email to ask me to join you. Its incredible, and the hard work you and your team put in makes a huge difference to us.
Your support of vocational rehabilitation through providing dress and event support is phenomenal. I feel privileged to have met you, and I hope you find more and more success as you continue to provide support to the community of injured servicemen I belong to.
I would like to thank you and Emma very much for the voucher. I really appreciate it and look forward to getting a nice suit that fits properly!
Thank you and the whole of Style for Soldiers for all that you do. You make such a difference to people's lives and not just the soldiers, but the families too. You do not have to search far to hear how grateful we all are for the support you offer and it is great to see how it has grown since the early days.
I hope that you have a brilliant weekend.
Could I please thank you very very much for the outstanding gift I received yesterday in the post.
I can not say enough how much this meant to me.
I can say without a doubt your a charity which actually applies to Northern Ireland and even though I have moved house the letter arrived at my new address.
I am very grateful to you all.
Thank you so much for you kind gift it will help me get prepared for my further. It has taken a financial weight off me and my families shoulders.
I look forward to meeting you one day
Thank you for your time in this matter
Kindest and best regards
Emma, Kristal, Guy,
All I can say is Wow wow wow and a massive thank you!
My stick arrived today and it is bloody gorgeous and awesome....the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
I have been in hospital AGAIN because of the epilepsy caused my brain injury and they have done a big meds change over which has made me even wobblier (hopefully this will be temporary). I got out last week and my dad left me on my own again yesterday!
So thank you, thank you, thank you... you have put a big smile back on my face!
You are bloody awesome :)
Thank you so much for you kind gift it will help me get prepared for my further. It has taken a financial weight off me and my families shoulders.
I look forward to meeting you one day.
Thank you for your time in this matter.
Kindest and best regards,
I have heard nothing but great things about the things you do for the lad and ladies. Everyone says amazing things about you and how much you have already done for them.
Thank you for getting in touch so fast and giving me the opportunity to get involved. I have received the email with the M & S voucher and I can’t thank you enough.
I have been in Headley the last few times you have visited over the years and every time I always seemed to be at hospital or out of unit.
I am very pleased to have finally touched base with you and will look forward to meeting you in person.
Thank you very much.
Hope you are well.
We would both like to thank you for inviting us to the event, it was lovely. It was nice to see some familiar faces and meet new people.
Thank you very much for the pictures, they look wonderful.
We are happy that you like our little gift.
Our best wishes to you for 2019 and we shall see you soon!
Kristjan & Janeli
Happy New Year and hope you have had a wonderful break with your family. Many thanks for such a fun evening with Style for Soldiers and friends, it was a really enjoyable evening and so good to catch-up with the Headley Court family. Melissa and I both loved it and we enjoyed great company on our table! I know it must have been a great effort to have so many people seated.
Lee’s story was moving, inspirational and a testament to your amazing work. As we chatted to him before dinner I could hardly believe he was the same person who arrived in my company sometime in 2008 after our tour to Iraq. He clearly has taken great strength in the support you have offered and is getting things back on track.
I hope you have a great 2019 and thank you for your continued support.
My dear Emma
What a fantastic evening that brought back some great memories of the good things that happened in Headley Court. Its been some time since I came to one of your gatherings and well not disappointed just outstanding. Kristal you are a diamond well polished putting all the work in to make it happen and it was great to see the face behind the working machine Kristal. If there is ever any thing I can do speak chair or assist please do not hesitate to ask.
Please have a amazing Christmas and an even better New Year and look forward to our next meeting.
Yours Bernie and Jan x
Wow, once again you and the team worked your magic for a superb Christmas Party for the Style for Soldiers clan last night. I have been to a few of these functions you work so hard at and every one I go to is beyond excellent; in fact they are outstanding in every way.
The dinner was exquisite in every way, as was the champaign and wine, although I possibly had a tad too much! I wish you all a Merry Christmas and New Year and I look forward to seeing you all next year.
Please say a huge thank you to Emma and the team for making my life, and I'm sure all attendee's, whole again.
Thank you for such a wonderful evening. Everything and everyone were perfect and I was touched by so much love and kindness.
It’s been quite a year and I thank you both for all of the enormous work that you have done for all of us damaged but vibrant souls.
Just wanted to email to say a massive thank you as always for a mega evening. Always great to see everyone.
This is just a quick email to say thank you very much from myself and my wife for the invite last night.
It was a brilliant event, it was great to see so many faces I haven’t seen for years. It was also great to finally meet Emma.
Thank you so much for a wonderful and magical Christmas party you made us all feel human again.
Words are not enough to express my feelings.
I bumped into so many old friends who I hadn't seen for years thank you so much.
Hope you and your family have a great Christmas.
God bless you.
Kind and Best regards
Thank you so much for your hospitality at the Christmas dinner.
We had a great time.
A massive thank you for everything last night, sorry I missed you at the end. Michelle and I had a lovely evening as always. Have a great Christmas
Hope you are well, firstly thank you for such a wonderful christmas party i will treasure those memories forever, it was really lovely to catch up with so many people.
Just want to thank you for a great evening last night. I had a blast.
It’s been busy time for me this year starting my new job . And the shirts that you have made for me has done the business.
But also I don’t see many people throughout the year and your Christmas party was the only opportunity to see some familiar faces.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year
Just wanted to say thank you, to you and Emma, for the Christmas party and hope you had a lovely Christmas. Was lovely seeing you both once again and hope you both have a lovely new year
This is just a quick email to say thank you very much from myself and my wife for the invite last night.
It was a brilliant event, it was great to see so many faces I haven’t seen for years. It was also great to finally meet Emma.
Just a quick message to yourself, Emma and your team to say thank you for an extraordinary event the other evening at the HAC!
It was really great to catch up with old friends and meet new ones!
Dear Emma and the Style for Soldiers Team,
Amanda and I would like to thank you for a fantastic night at the Style for Soldiers Christmas party.
We were sat next to a good group of guests that we have never met before and those sat nearby meant conversation flowed and the night went by very quickly with lots of laughs and sharing memories of our time at Headley Court of course the singer and an engagement was a highlight of the night.
The Hotel was fantastic and so nearby that Amanda could enjoy much of the night and not be too tired to travel to the hotel while working around her pregnancy.
Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year.
Please accept both mine and Hazels gratitude for your effort and fabulous evening you arranged last Thursday.
It was my first year to attend after yearly invites and although nervous it was a pleasure to be part of it. Also it was a huge pleasure to have Hazel join me and keep me calmer than ever amongst so many people. It was also nice for you to see the special shoes you got for me from Bill Bird. They are so comfy and help so much with my dropped foot.
We both wish you and your family a lovely Festive break and time to relax.
Many thanks again for our invite Emma.
- Andrew and Hazel
I really wanted to send you a message to, once again, say thank you for starting Style for Soldiers.
As my time in the Royal Marines is coming to an end, and my rehabilitation is being transferred to the NHS, I can feel my identity slipping away. I have slowly been taking items from work out of my cupboards and draws and either throwing them away or putting in my ‘memory box’.
Today I took my Lovat suit (No. 2’s) out of my wardrobe. It’s so strange to think that removing a uniform I’ve only worn a handful of times could evoke a feeling of great loss, but it has. My mental health has been in a pretty dark place recently but I had to do this to try and move on. All that remains in my room now are my green beret and in my wardrobe my Blues (No. 1’s). Feeling down I looked in my wardrobe, at the newly formed empty space and realised that right next to my blues are my Emma Willis shirt and M&S suit.
This may sound strange but I put on the shirt, the suit, polished shoes, cuff links and pocket detail, and I just stood in front of my mirror looking at myself. The loss I felt was replaced with a feeling that I CAN reclaim my identity, the realisation that what I wear can replace my uniform and project who I am, now that the title Royal Marines Commando has been taken from me. For the few minutes that I wore the suit it felt like I was bought me back to life.
Through you I have met Stefan and, just yesterday, I spoke with David O’Mahoney, connections who can and have guided me.
Style for Soldiers can’t give me my career back but you’ve helped me to start erasing the feelings of being lost and worthless.
Thank you so much.
Good morning Emma, just wanted to drop you a message and say thank-you so much for suggesting I do the BBC service, I love that I had the opportunity to say Thank you to the people that have helped me from where I was to where I am now. You are also a huge part of that. I’ve seen the confidence and pride a soldier holds when they feel a perfectly fitting shirt against their skin. A great quality suit on their shoulders and a pair of top end shoes on their feet. You have done me, the guys and girls a great service. Thank you!
A massive thank you to Style for Soldiers and Marks and Spencer's for such amazing generosity, I can't wait to order a new suit.
Receiving both the invite and letter about the suit has really lifted my mood. After a fairly hard week this has honestly been the best boost.
Every year style for soldiers make me feel special and my wife and I are so grateful for that.
Thank you once again.
Thanks to some more Emma Willis shirt magic, that's another successful job interview chalked up. I've been out of contract now for about 10 months and was worried I might have forgotten too many technical details, so it was reassuring to know that I at least looked the part.
Thank you to everyone at Style for Soldiers for helping make that happen.
Emma and Style for Soldiers,
Thank you for my walking stick. It brought a big smile to my face and proud to use it everyday. I am very grateful for your kindness.
I can't thank you enough. What you do is magical for us. You make me,us, feel so special you really do.
I would absolutely love to attend your Christmas party. It's my Birthday on the 12th Dec, so S4S will tie in nicely. If it's still ok to attend?
Honestly Emma, you are very kind and passionate about what you do. The dedication and time you spent measuring the group, Headley Rebels, shows what you are all about. Intrinsic to our recovery, paths, appreciation and appreciative allows us to engage with value' s we once had and still have whilst not feeling lost.
It was a pleasure to meet you Emma. Thank you so much I'm truly humbled, see you on the 20 Dec 18.
Aww I think it is amazing that you have done so much for patients at Headley Court have you just been there again? If so I am gutted when I first came to Headley Court I was in hospital waiting until I was able to leave hospital I thank you you massively for everything you had for so many soldiers and family.
Massive shout out to the Style for Soldiers team for all the love and support that has been unwavering post injury for so many. When I had no confidence and self esteem you were there to help rebuIld it and I will forever be grateful to you all for that and of course keeping us all looking and feeling sharp with shirts, ties and other accessories courtesy of supporting brands.
- David O'Mahoney
I just wanted to let you both know that we all had a fantastic day at Woburn yesterday. Thank you so much for letting us share in all the fun and we thoroughly enjoyed the superb food and company.
Thank you also for the beautiful flowers you allowed Leann and I to take home. They survived the journey home in Albert’s car and they look great in both our homes.
Even the down pour couldn’t dampen our day. Amalia certainly enjoyed herself and didn’t want to go home.
Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to Emma as I don’t have her email address and to all the other staff who helped make this a wonderful day for not only us but all the other families.
With kindest regards,
Christine, Leann, Amalia and Albert xxxx
Please excuse the delay in coming back to you to say a huge thank you for the incredibly kind gift of your stunning shirts and a tie. I have known about your charity, and indeed have met you on several occasions at various events, but have never been very good at putting myself forward to accept offers like this – I always feel they should be going to others than myself. What you do is incredibly kind, generous and, most importantly really makes a difference to veterans’ wellbeing. I was like a kid in a sweet shop being asked to take my pick of your incredible shirts, and my evening routine of ironing my shirt has moved from drudgery of preparing for another day at work – to a sense of pride of knowing I’ll be the best dressed in my office!!!
I just wanted to show my appreciation for an amazing Summer party, it was truly amazing, atmosphere was great and the food was lovely.
I really do feel humbled to be apart of this amazing family we call style for soldiers, i say family because everybody gets on so well and every event I have been to I meet somebody new with an amazing story to tell.
Over the past couple of years you have done so much for me and I truly believe I wouldn’t be in the head space I am today if it wasn’t for your amazing help, you have saved me and saved my family, which I am truly grateful for.
I have meet some amazing life long friends along the way and that’s all because of you.
Truly humbled, very grateful and very proud to be apart of this amazing family.
When I wear my shirt and ties, I feel confident, Style for Soldiers is the embodiment of support.
A huge thank you for all you and the team do for injured veterans like myself – we are very lucky to have you support and champion our cause.
Thank you for inviting my and my family for the Woburn event - it was awesome!
I have learn loads of things in the last 4 years, some I wouldn’t wish on anybody (mostly big medical words that I couldn’t even say them before I had my brain issues!) but one of the important ones is saying stuff because you don’t know if you may never get the chance.... so I thought I’d let you know exactly what the Woburn event meant to me. And you have to you excuse my typing - I have to do it by dictation call as I can’t type anymore...
The Woburn event is the first time that I’ve dared to attend something in 4 years, since my brain tried to kill me a few times(!). And this has been for a number of reasons, but The main one being because you also invited my family. They have done so much for me over the last four years - more that I could have wished. My brain is fairly (what’s left of it ;)) broken... I now have problems with my cognitive stuff, my communication stuff, anxiety issues and I also have uncontrolled epilepsy. This means that I can’t do big, loud, social, events. I also can’t travel anywhere on my own or drive (that would just be scary (mostly for other road users lol ;) But you enabled me to give a ‘thank you’ to my family because of YOUR event. That event at the safari park meant I could ‘run away’ if I couldn’t cope or if I began to lose it at any time and grab one of them away if I needed to, or if I had a seizure, but the rest of the family could still enjoy it. You also gave me a couple of brilliant surprises too - One of the guys I was at Headley with 4 years ago was there - it was lovely to see him (Greg (RAF too - Can’t remember his name - my memory is shocking ;)) and seeing Kath the Cake Lady was fantastic too. I spent months as a inpatient on the neuro ward at Headley - Kath was one of the few females who I recognised! We were definitely in a male environment :) :) :)
Because those of us with brain injuries look ‘normal’ and few people understand that every brain injury is different means most people don’t understand how difficult we find social events (I am as guilty as anybody was before my brain tried to kill me a few times). People don’t understand the noise, the confusion, the difficult communication issues we have constantly.... and if you chuck in my epilepsy triggers (stress and tiredness) most social events are doomed from the start lol :) however, your event made me be able look beyond my issues (it’s all about me don’t you know ;)) and I was able to concentrate on my family, I (you) was (were) able to focus on the ones that look after me...
So this is a mahoooosive enormous ‘thank you’ from me to you...
I just wanted to say a personally thank you once more for the beautiful shirt and suit. As you have seen we look super dapper.
I can not thank you enough and hope to catchup soon.
Thank you for the two Fabulous Ties I have just received from you in the post.
I cannot believe it was 9 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting You & Your staff while doing my rehabilitation at Headley Court and was measured up for a designed fit silk shirt, which was a very generous gift to all of us there.
On behalf of myself & all the other Service Personnel we would like to say a Huge Thank-you for the Support and recognition You have shown to us and continue to do so.
I wish Yourself and Staff all the Best for the Future and it's people like yourself who recognise the Armed Forces that made me PROUD to have served 23 and a half years.
I trust you are well?
Just to let you know that I received the shirt you sent me. It is beautiful and fits me so well.
Thank you so much for it. You are a star.
Lots of hugs and kisses from me and the entire family.
Dear Emma Willis,
I had to write to you even though we have never met, just to say thank you!! Thank you for being one of those extraordinary people that cares and goes out of their way to make a positive impact on other people that cares and goes out of their way to make a positive impact on other peoples's lives. As can be seen on your media program.
- Ken and Fred the Dog
Please accept my sincerest thanks for your kind, and extremely generous help with this and for all you have done with Style for Soldiers. As well as Afghanistan, I also served in Iraq, Libya and Nigeria, although I am sorry to say I have often since regretted it for the impact it has had on my life, and ultimately the loss of my career. I feel embarrassed to admit how I have struggled with coming to terms with this since, and with starting a new career.
However, the knowledge that there are brilliant people out there like yourself who recognise what the Armed Forces do for the UK, and are kind enough to support them in return, is a massive boost to morale. I look forward to attending interviews smartly dressed, no longer in my worn out old suit, which will undoubtedly improve my confidence and chances of finding employment. I have also RSVPd to Victoria, and would be honoured to attend the Style For Soldiers Summer party. Thank you very much again.
Thank you so much for an incredible evening at the summer party,
It was great to meet new people and catch up with old friends.
You have achieved something very special.
- Thomas Francis
Please excuse the delay in coming back to you to say a huge thank you for the incredibly kind gift of your stunning shirts and a tie. I have known about your charity, and indeed have met you on several occasions at various events, but have never been very good at putting myself forward to accept offers like this - I always feel they should be going to others than myself. What you do is incredibly kind, generous and, most importantly really makes a difference to Veterans' wellbeing. I was like a kid in a sweet shop being asked to take my pick of your incredible shirts, and my evening routine of ironing my shirts has moved from drudgery to preparing for another day at work - to a sense of pride knowing I'll be the best dressed in my office!!!
A huge thank you for all you and the team do for injured Veterans like myself - we are very lucky to have you support and champion our cause.
Just want to say a massive thank you for the shirts last week really really amazing gesture thank you. Keep doing what you're doing because you really make a difference thank you.
You were not under any obligation to do this but for your selflessness and the heart to help not only injured veterans like myself but their families as well, is a testament of your generosity and genuineness. I still cannot fathom this action of yours as it's beyond expectation. Truly, it came in at the right time and will go a long way to put a smile on my family's face.
Thank you ver much.
- Jonathan and Family
You truly are my guardian angel. Just got home after a horrible long day and my shoe had split earlier in the day. Opened the post and received the most wonderful generous gift and couldn't have been more appropriate. What a turn around of my day.
Thank you ever so much.
Dear Ms Emma Willis, I had to write to you even though we have never met, just to say THANK YOU!! Thank you for being one of those extraordinary people that cares and goes out of their way to make a positive impact on other people's lives.
I have just come out of my interview and I have been offered the job. It must have been the suit, or as I call it the Lucky Suit.
I have gone from no suit for a interview to receiving one the day before and turning up looking smart t and being offered the job.
I could not be happier.
Thank you all so much Style for Soldiers.
Thank you very much for the support when it mattered most.
I hope that all is well and thank you again for all that you are doing for injured servicemen- it really makes a huge difference. I wear my cufflinks and shirt with pride and putting them on always makes me think how lucky we are to have such supportive people.
Thanks again for all that you do.
Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you, your family and all at Style for Soldiers.
2017 has been a year of reformation and thank you for your help with getting me over the final line. I am looking forward to 2018 and have many cornerstone goals i hope to achieve.
May 2018 be equally wonderful for yourself .
Kindest regards and gratitude as always for all you do.
Dear Emma, Victoria and Kristal,
I would just like to offer my sincere thanks for all your efforTs towards making the Style for Soldiers Christmas Party such an enjoyable event, and for your support over the past few years. it is an event that my partner and I look forward to each year, and seeing people that we may only meet once a year at this event.
As for the shirts, it is great to be out there in 'Fab' wear!
Looking forward to seeing you all again in the near future.
I have just been viewing the photos from the Style for Soldiers Christmas party and wanted to thank you again for organising such an outstanding event, as well as sorting out a super Hotel for us.
It was the first Style for Soldiers event that my wife and I had been able to attend and we both found it an outstandingly memorable occasion. it was wonderful to catch with with so many people that I shared my rehabilitation experience with and we really enjoyed a very special evening.
Emma and Style for Soldiers are very fortunate to have you on board as you did such a fantastic job in so many respects. You are a true inspiration to all servicemen and their families.
I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for such a wonderful evening at the HAC. Each year I realise more and more how important it is that the WIS community is offered a chance to come together like this. Matt Weston summed up the real mental issues so many veterans face and he is a great example to us all how they may be faced.
Victoria, your organisation leading up to the event was great - I am sure you would have been flat out mustering so many veterans from all corners of the world!
I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas!
Thanks so much for the gift for Jack, it is lovely. Poppy and Jack are now home and doing just well. So sorry I could not make it to the party I was gutted but had to be with my family as Poppy needed me.
Hope you all had a lovely party, thanks so much for everything Emma really means a lot the amount of things you do to change peoples lives is outstanding. I did put you forward for an outstanding person reward, but never heard back from them.
We can not thank you enough.
Thank you for a really nice evening, was so good to see so many old faces, and also see them doing well.
Everything you and your charity are doing is amazing which showed at last nights event. Look forward to catching up with yourself and everyone soon.
Just wanted to email you say I am so grateful for you arranging the hat fitting. I went yesterday and Michael helped me get a very smart cap and a hat that would not usually wear.
First week at Ernest and Young over and have found it fantastic to date.
Collected my shirt yesterday and so thrilled. There is nothing quite like putting on a shirt that fits so well and feels tremendous. Again, thank you so much!
Really glad that you got to see my email in regard to the shoes you so kindly helped me to get.
Bill Bird is a lovely gent and all his staff are so nice, they make you feel part of them. They also have a lovely residential cat who liked me and would sit on my lap.
The best thing is that I wore my lovely new shoes and they were comfortable all day. So they were officially christened on Horse Guards Parade Square on to Parliament street, past the Cenotaph back to Horse Guards Parade and Prince Edward as well as 100's of spectators.
As long as I can assure you in words of my deep gratitude to you for what you have done for me then I will be happy.
My sincere best wishes to you and your family, to your staff, Victoria and wish you continuous success with your Business.
Would love to say thank you for a wonderful and inspirational evening. Met some lovely people, even though I was out of my comfort zone was made to feel wanted and welcomed.
Victoria has done a marvellous job, and it was nice to see Kristal as well. All the blokeS were really excited about it and the mood at breakfast was brilliant.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to push myself and the most terrifying thing was to talk in front of people. Well thats one obstacle out of the way and feel better for it.
So excited for Christmas now, and I will be bringing my long suffering sister along, she needs a bit of praise and she is also Royal Navy so it would be nice for me to be able to thank her.
You, your team and even your family are brilliant.
First complete nights sleep in a long time and absolutely buzzing. Arabella and Paris really have fired me up to do something with my creative side. Tori really got my mindset and we got on really well.
Thank you for letting me part of the Style for Soldiers family.
Lots of Love,
Emma I do not even know what to say. For once I am lost for words. Your generosity is very rare Emma the whole Style for Soldiers community shows me sides to people I never knew existed and has opened my eyes in the more ways than one.
For once I can't seem to find words, I really can't other then thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Many thanks Victoria for helping me. I may just still have enough time to get a new suit for my honoured day at Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph.
Can I ask you to forward my thanks to Emma please. Emma helped me to get a pair of bespoke shoes made by Bill Bird shoes at Moreton in Marsh. After months of fittings and adjustments for my leg and foot injury I picked the shoes up today.
They are not only lovely to look at they so far are so comfortable and can accommodate the orthotics and adjustments for my dropped foot. I am so grateful to in particular Bill for his years of experience and skills but also in particular his staff member Emily. She has been involved in the shoe manufacture from a lattice to using paper templates and so on. Her talents for making shoes have resulted in this wonderful pair of shoes that I can wear on November 12 in London. There I can speak highly of Emma's support and Bill Birds team and the Pattern Makers donation.
Once again thank you for the suit information and hope you and your girls and husband are well.
All the best,
You and the Emma Willis group do a fantastic job raising money for this great Style for Soldiers Charity, and you all put so much hard work into help support the injured Soldiers which we all really appreciate so a massive thank you to everyone.
Had a knock at the door and a gentleman from a courier firm with a parcel for me. It is a beautiful crisp white cotton shirt.
Thank you so much for it, never worn anything so nice since leaving the army, I can once be smart again.
Another step out of the quagmire of adversity since being medically discharged.
P.s. Please pass my thanks onto the craftsman that put it together, it is amazing.
My suit arrived today, thank you so much for this wonderful gift, I am truly honoured.
I will wear it with pride, what an amazing lady you are, much love xxx
Last week I attended the Style for Soldiers retreat in Mallorca. This was my first interaction with Style for Soldiers as I missed you at Headley Court originally, but what a first impression! Thank you SO much for providing the opportunity to attend such a fantastic event. Stu and Lizzie made us all feel so welcome and it was so beneficial to have such experienced one on one support for the activities, and in such a beautiful location.
It was incredibly useful to be able to meet other veterans and WIS at different stages of their recovery and gain inspiration and motivation from what they are doing. Added to this, partners were also present (unfortunately not my husband as he had to work), which gave a whole extra dimension to the event. The balance worked exceptionally well and I gained a lot from this mix. I strongly believe that if my husband had been able to attend, it would have benefited as significantly as a couple.
Again, thank you so much, the memories and inspiration from the event will carry on long after my tan fades!
Thank you so much for the S4S retreat. It was an amazing experience. To have the opportunity to go on a rehab event, with a loved one, as part of a group of individuals with different injuries, to somewhere that made physical activity so accessible, was incredible. It was wonderful to go to group sessions and not feel self-conscious about my injury and mobility, as well as being able to talk to the other guys in such a relaxed setting.
I’d also like to thank you for the S.U.P and boat trips. It was the first time in four years I’ve been able to go for a proper swim in the ocean! I never thought that S.U.Ping would be possible, thank you for giving me an environment in which I had the confidence to try it. I loved it!
Thank you again.
Dear Emma and Victoria,
I hope you are both well and are not too busy with work.
I am emailing you both today to thank you for everything you have done For me. I have now chosen my suit from Marks and Spencer with shoes and accessories. It was very generous and will certainly help me with my transition into civilian life with interviews and job fairs.
I recently heard from one of your colleagues called Nel who asked me for my address to send me an invitation to something which I am very excited about. With that in mind you mentioned to me about your Christmas Party which sounds fantastic and would be amazing to go too. As I mentioned before I get married on the 4th November and it would be great to bring my then wife to your party.
I was wondering if you would know how long it would be for the walking stick to arrive. I know it seems rude for me to ask as you have done so much for me so far but the thought of using such an amazing stick instead of the NHS one I'm using now on my wedding day would be awesome and look good in the pictures.
I hope you don't mind me asking and being so rude.
Finally I would like to give something back. Since January I have been off work having various operations and treatment and the military has sent me on various courses at Tedworth House, Battle Back and Headley Court. When I am not on them I generally sit at home and get very frustrated and bored. I have volunteered to assist with the Poppy Appeal this year and I am the Poppy Appeal Organiser for Exeter centre and will be running the appeal with all my volunteers etc. After the 11th November it will be over and I am already wondering what I am going to do and wondered if there is anything I can do for your charity? I enjoy meeting people and helping others so wondered if there is a role I could do for you? Please do not hesitate to contact me either on here or mobile.
Again ladies please know how grateful I am for everything you do and have done for me.
tl;dr: American small talk is a perfect example for the definition of Information in Information Theory, and for data compression.
There are things I like more in Germany than in the US. And there are things I like more in the US than in Germany. For example small talk. Small talk is so, so much easier in English – not so much because of the language, but more because of the conventions. You’re not convinced? Let me illustrate my point with the example of a phenomenon I call “repeating phrases.” In the US it’s normal (and even desired, it seems), to repeat the exact same phrase the other person just said:
“Nice to meet you.” – “Nice to meet you.”
“Have a nice weekend!” – “Have a nice weekend.”
In German, never ever would somebody dare to say the exact same phrase again. “Nice to meet you”, one says. And we reply with “Yes, indeed, finally!”, “I’m delighted as well.” or “Likewise!”.
“Have a nice weekend!”, one says. And we reply with “I wish you the same!”, “Thanks, you too!” or “Thanks, the same for you.” At least we would say: “I wish you a nice weekend as well!”, but we would feel a little bit weird about so much repetition.
One could say that Germans are – at least in this regard – more creative and that the English language is – at least in this regard – a little bit dull. But I love it. Why? I’m glad you ask. Two reasons!
The first reason is saved energy. Germans burn more calories while thinking about the answer for standard sentences than Americans. (I’m totally making that up; that is not scientifically proven at all.) Germans need to decide within milliseconds which genius and witty answer they should give to a phrase like “Good night”. Americans, on the other side, can use that energy to wonder about the pattern on the tie of their conversation partner. Repeating what the other side says is like kindergarten. Or like learning a new language: Listen and repeat. “See you later!” – “See! You! Later!”
The second reason why I like repeating sentences so much – and here this post moves from gibberish to educational – is that they contain less information. At the beginning of the year, I was reading James Gleick’s “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood”. (It’s good. Read it.) He basically wrote a book to answer the question: “What is information?” And one possible answer for that is: “Information is uncertainty, surprise, difficulty, and entropy.”
Wait, what does that mean? Well, let’s take an American “Nice to meet you.” – “Nice to meet you.” and compare its information value to a German “Nice to meet you.” – “You too!” Which of these conversations contain more information? One could think that the American one has more information value, because its a longer string of characters: The American version has 34 characters in eight words: the German conversation only 25 characters in six words.
But Gleick shows that this is not the case: “If a letter can be guessed from what comes before, it is redundant; to the extent that it is redundant, it provides no new information. (…) Paradoxical though it sounded, random messages carry more information.”
So let’s go through our message with that new knowledge. Let’s start with the first word: “Nice”. When we just see the N, we know that this word will be in the narrowed down space of all English words that start with a “N”. It’s difficult to predict our word from here. There are a LOT of words that start with “N” in English. But if we know that the next letter is an “i”, the space of possible words gets even smaller: It still could be “nil”, “niche”, “nipped” and thousands of other neat words, but it’s more likely now that we can guess the right word (“nice”) than in the beginning of this guessing game. So the uncertainty = information decreases with every letter that we know of a word.
Let’s fast forward and assume we now know that the first two words are “Nice to”. How likely is it that we know that the next word is “meet”? Ok-ish likely. How likely is it that we know that the last word is “you” when we know that the first three words of the message are “Nice to meet”? Even more likely.
Aaaaand, BOOM, how likely is it that the rest of the message is “Nice to meet you” when the first four words of the message are already “Nice to meet you”? In American English: Very likely. In German: Not very likely. The American English comes with less surprise, more redundancy, less difficulty. American small talk contains less information.
And now, prepare for a fun fact that you can use the next time you’re doing small talk: Data compression (ya know, ZIP, RAR, JPEG, PNG, MP3) is based on this whole “information = redundancy = probability” idea. Compression algorithms like the Lempel–Ziv–Markov chain algorithm create a “dictionary” of used bits and bit phrases, and then predict the likelihood of each next bit. Meaning, the less information a message has, the more compression is possible. It’s impossible to compress a 100% random image.
Simply put: After going through the first four words “Nice to meet you”, the algorithms comes to a new capital “N” and thinks (ATTENTION: SIMPLIFICATION, ALGORITHMS DON’T THINK): “We’ve had that situation before! I wonder if the next letter is an ‘i’!” And when it notices that this is the case, it thinks: “Now it’s even more likely that the next letter is an ‘c’!”. And at some point, when the algorithm notices that not only letters, but whole words are repeating, it makes a note à la: “We can just copy and paste the first four words.” In algorithm-speech, that note takes less bytes than actually using the bytes for the letters. And boom: Compression happened.
A good introduction to compression can be found here. Also thanks to Michael Kreil, who was my co-worker at Tagesspiegel and who gave a whole mind-blowing talk about compression in one of our weekly “Let’s teach each other stuff”-talks.
Questions? Hints? Comments? Find me on Twitter (@lisacrost).
We'll show you some thank-you letter examples and templates that will . You gave up some of your weekend to make it happen, and I just.
by Dana Giusti
You’ve just returned home after spending a wonderful time at a fabulous FlipKey rental. You want to express your gratitude, but you’re unsure of how to best articulate it. What to do?
It’s always a great idea to send a thank-you note to show appreciation for being included in the trip. Here are a few different thank-you ideas for a variety of situations:
It’s best to send a warm yet formal note to people you’re building a relationship with, such as new in-laws or co-workers. Begin by mentioning how much you appreciate having been included in their special trip, as well as your enthusiasm in getting to know them better. It’s also a good idea to include specific details about what you enjoyed about the vacation. Be sure to restate your gratitude in the closing lines.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith,
Thank you very much for including me in your trip to Keystone. It was wonderful having the opportunity to get to know each other better. I know Mr. Smith and I will be rooting for the Yankees together come springtime!
I’d also like to mention how you couldn’t have picked a better condo rental – how amazing was the living room fireplace? I loved sitting by the fire with my mug of hot chocolate each night after dinner.
Again, thank you very much. John and I are looking forward to creating many more memories with you both.
You can be a little less formal in a thank-you to your own family members. Focus on your appreciation for the opportunity to strengthen familial bonds.
Dear Aunt Kate,
Thank you for having Tom, the kids, and myself at your Lakeview condo. It was so nice bringing the family together at such a beautiful location. I know the children will cherish the memories we created. Cindy is already asking when we can return so she can build more sand castles with you!
Thank you again for having us. I look forward to planning more get-togethers in the near future.
Again, you can be less formal in a note to a close friend. It’s always nice to emphasize your gratitude for everyone coming together despite obstacles like busy schedules and different locations.
Thank you for organizing the weekend getaway at your Poconos cabin. What a great idea to get the gang together for skiing, sledding, and wine-tasting! It’s so great that everyone was excited to take time out to get together and hang out, just like the old days.
Thanks again for bringing us all together again. It would be amazing if we could make this an annual event.
All the Best,
The recipient will appreciate the time you took to write a personal note. Who knows—it may even guarantee another invite!
Dana is a contributing writer for Flipkey.com.
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