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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 2014 funding round is now open. Please note 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.  

Latest News

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Charity Ambassador seeks £40,000!

22 April 2014
Roger Allard to raise money for a new charity caravan
Charity Ambassador Roger Allard, Executive Chairman of the All Leisure Group, has set his colleagues a challenge to raise the £40,000 needed to buy and service a new sea-side caravan for the Family Holiday Association. He has started the ball rolling with an initial pledge of £5,000! You can help too!

Lots of sore feet but £43,000 raised so far!

13 April 2014
London Marathon Team Starfish
The Virgin Money London Marathon held on Sunday 13 April was a great event. Our wonderful runners - 'Team Starfish' - all successfully completed the 26.2 mile course and excelled themselves with great times. As a thank you we have produced a short video... Watch now!


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John's Big Bike Ride for Sheffield families

17 April 2014
An epic cycling challenge following the Yorkshire Tour de France route
In late April I'm donning my lycra leggings and setting off on an epic cycling challenge following the Tour de France route. And I need you to support me. Imagine the happiness that you will bring to families in the Sheffield area.
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Holidays Matter 2013 Conference at the Royal Society

17 December 2013
Conference report is now available for download
Following the huge industry interest in our pilot conference last year, Holidays Matter 2012 – the Evidence – the Impact – the Future, we returned to the Royal Society Thursday on 24th October for Holidays Matter 2013. The full report from the 2013 conference is now available.
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HF Holidays’ pilot Feel Good Break a huge success!

05 December 2013
Last weekend saw 12 families enjoy an outdoor adventure in the Peak District
HF Holidays has worked closely with the Family Holiday Association over the last year to develop their own “Feel Good Breaks” – a holiday concept for disadvantaged families, with a focus on spending quality time together and healthy living. The pilot took place last weekend at HF Holidays' Country House, the Peveril of the Peak in the Peak District, and a great time was had by all!

Coach Tourism Council supports charity

31 January 2014
We are the CTC's charity for 2014!
As the UK’s nationwide charity working within the domestic tourism industry, Family Holiday Association is delighted to be awarded the role of Official Charity for 2014 with the Coach Tourism Council (CTC).