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Holidays Matter

More than 1.46 million families in the UK - that's 4.74 million people - cannot even afford a day out together. They miss out on the positive benefits that spending time together away from the hardest of daily grinds can bring. Our breaks can give struggling families the strength to cope with the many challenges they face in their daily lives.


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Referring Families:

The Family Holiday Association helps struggling families get a break. The families we support face some of the toughest challenges life can bring, from severe and sudden illness, to abuse or bereavement. We believe that spending quality time together results in stronger, healthier and happier families and communities.   We are now accepting applications for holidays in 2015. Applications are made via our online system by professionals working with 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.  

Latest News

150 Pledges Reached in our 500 for 500 Campaign

29 April 2015
Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far, helping us reach this fantastic milestone in our campaign.
We’re asking 500 of our friends to donate £500 each, as a celebration in our 40th Anniversary year of the roots of the charity, when our founders asked 10 of their friends for £50 each.
Jenni Smith with Fiona Hills

The Family Holiday Association's first paid employee - Fiona Hills

30 April 2015
From small coffee mornings to a national charity
Fiona Hills first joined founders Patrick and Joan Laurance in their spare room/office at Hill Close, Hampstead Garden Suburb in 1975. At that time Pat and Joan were running highly successful coffee mornings but were beginning to think that there was a bigger scene of fundraising "out there"

Join us for Seaside Walk Week

02 April 2015
Join us for Seaside Walk Week 23 – 31 May and help to give more struggling families a break.
You are invited to join us at an exciting new walking event taking place this Spring and help us to celebrate our 40th Anniversary.

314 families have already benefitted from a break with us this year

14 April 2015
So far this year, the charity has supported 314 families to have a much-needed break.
The breaks that the Family Holiday Association provide can be anything from a simple day out to a few days in a caravan at the British seaside.

First Families of the Year go on their break today

27 March 2015
Today, 27th March, is the first day of 2015 that the families we support, go on a break.
Today marks the start of the season, and the first families going on their much-needed break.

Huge Success for Visit Kent Big Weekend

23 March 2015
This year, our charity was able to distribute tickets for over 1,000 people, helping to give struggling families a day trip out in Kent at the Big Weekend.
This weekend saw our second year of partnering with Visit Kent for the Big Weekend, an event that works with Kent businesses and attractions to give away free tickets to local residents.