Seaside Walk Week

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Social Tourism

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

It’s our 40th Anniversary today!

28 May 2015
Today, 28th May 2015, is our official 40th Anniversary, and we are marking this occasion by going back to our roots in Southend-on-Sea as part of our Seaside Walk Week.
The origins of the charity can be traced back to Southend-on-Sea, when the founders Joan and Patrick Laurance were offered their own much-needed break.

A single grain of sand can buy struggling families a much needed seaside holiday.

18 May 2015
Jenny Natusch’s debut exhibition 'Sandgazer' opens June 12th
British Artist, Jenny Natusch’s debut exhibition Sandgazer showcases a collection of photographs of grains of sand under a microscope and reveals some of the astonishing colours, patterns and shapes of sand grains from across the globe.

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.

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.
Ruth Rendell outside Broadcasting House October 2010

Ruth Rendell

13 May 2015
A patron of the Family Holiday Association
Ruth Rendell died on 2 May and her life has, over the past few days, been the subject of many glowing obituaries that celebrated her almost 50 years of writing. But what many people didn’t realise was her commitment to a wide range of charities including her role as patron of the Family Holiday Association.


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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.