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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 helps provide 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.   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

Celebrating 40 Years

24 February 2015
40th Anniversary brochure unveiled
2015 marks 40 years since Pat and Joan Laurance founded the Family Holiday Association.

Welcome to 2015 and our 40th Anniversary

01 January 2015
Happy New Year!
40 years after being founded, the Family Holiday Association remains the only national charity dedicated to helping whole families create lifelong memories from time spent together on an often desperately needed break.

All Aboard at the Telegraph Cruise Show

20 January 2015
Family Holiday Association was delighted to be the official charity partner at the Telegraph Cruise Show at ExCeL London last week which attracted nearly 20,000 visitors.
As the official charity partner, we had a great opportunity to engage with visitors and our fellow exhibitors to raise awareness of the Charity’s work helping struggling families facing daily hardship.

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.

A simple break helps people get back into work

16 February 2015
Nottingham University study paper released
Study finds that holiday breaks boosted psychological health, contributed to positive changes in job search behaviour, and changes in behaviours towards alternative paths to employment, such as volunteering.

Our Caravan Family

04 December 2014
Our mission is simple - help struggling families going through the worst of times, get a much needed break away.
Through 2014, we helped over 2,800 struggling UK families get a break away to the British seaside.