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Holidays Matter

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

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.

Big Weekend Launch with Visit Kent

11 March 2015
On Monday, we launched our second year of partnering with Visit Kent’s Big Weekend at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham who hosted the launch, were the first attraction to sign up for the first My Kent Big Weekend, last year.

100 Pledges Benchmark Reached in 500 for 500 Campaign

06 March 2015
We have reached 100 pledges in our 500 for 500 campaign!
We set the challenge and you acted on it. Thank you to all the individuals and organisations who have helped us reach our first 100 pledges!

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.