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Over two million children live in families who cannot afford a day trip to the seaside – far less a simple holiday. The Family Holiday Association works to help disadvantaged families get that much-needed break away from home.


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Referring Families:

The Family Holiday Association is a charity that provides short breaks in the UK for children and their families. These are families that face daily hardship made worse by the likes of illness, bereavement or disability. We offer those families in difficult circumstances a much needed break.   Our grant round is now closed for holidays in 2014. We will be accepting applications for holidays in 2015 from November this year. When we are open, we can only accept applications from referring agents and not directly from families. If you are a family wishing to make an application, please approach someone who works with your family and ask them to refer you in November.  

Latest News

A New Addition - Akaroa

14 October 2014
Welcoming a new addition to our caravan family
Thank you to our wonderful supporter, Kim Maidment, for helping us grow the number of Family Holiday Association caravans to 14.

500 for 500

08 October 2014
To commemorate and celebrate our 40th anniversary, we're asking 500 friends to mark the occasion.
We're challenging 500 of our friends to help us commemorate and celebrate our 40th anniversary next year.

Getting Muddy for Smiles

07 October 2014
Coast Insurance got together and rolled in the mud to help us give families a seaside break.
The Major Series is not for the light at heart, but the fine people over at Coast Insurance braved this obstacle course to help us create more smiles on the seaside.

Teachers Community Launch Sweet Dreams Diary

06 October 2014
Local community of teachers launch 2015 diary to help children and their families enjoy a holiday
Inspired to help children from under-privileged families experience the joys and life-long memories a holiday can provide, a group of digital-savvy teachers connected over Twitter to create the Sweet Dreams 2015 Diary - available now for purchase.

Archive Footage Discovered

11 September 2014
Esther Rantzen opens 1979 Street Fair
The Family Holiday Association started life as a local North London charity helping families in the Barnet area. Started by Pat and Joan Laurance in 1975, the charity initially depended for income on local events such as their annual Hill Close Street Fair. Pat and Joan were very successful at getting celebrities to come along and open the event and in 1979 Esther Rantzen and family agreed to do the honours!


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Great North Run 2014

09 September 2014
The sun shone on the Tyne for this iconic event
Sunday 7th September saw our first of this autumn’s half marathons take place, in the shape of the Bupa Great North Run. Starting in Newcastle, over 55,000 runners compete in this iconic event and this year was extra special, as the race was the first of its kind to see its millionth finisher!