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How we spend our money

In the 12 months to September 2015, the charity spent £1,436,017.

During this period, we provided a short break by the seaside or a simple day trip to almost 4,000 families in hardship. It’s the largest number of families we have helped annually since the Family Holiday Association became a registered charity in 1975.

Our accounting period runs from 1 September to 31 August each year, with audited accounts published in April.

A record year

In 2016, 5,184 families benefited from our work, comprising 11,222 children and 7,4767 adults. Half the families we helped had never been on holiday before and over a third of children (36%) visited the beach for the first time.

The families we support directly are referred to us by professionals in the community who are best placed to identify those who will benefit the most. Our referral network includes teachers, social workers, health visitors and other charities.

The breaks are tailored, as much as possible, to the needs and capabilities of the families. For instance, group trips are organised by voluntary and statutory organisations often as part of a wider project, and tend to involve families who might not be ready to tackle organising a holiday by themselves.

You can find more information on the different ways in which we work with families here.

The difference it made

Record number of struggling families awarded a break in 2016We always contact referrers and families after their breaks, as their feedback helps us to make any necessary adjustments and continually improve our service. It also enables us to assess the impact our work is having. From speaking to families in 2014, we know that:

  • 61% were affected by issues relating to mental health
  • 34% had experienced domestic violence
  • 32% faced hardship as a result of physical health problems
  • 24% were victims of abuse and/or harassment
  • 12% were victims of crime or antisocial behaviour

Investing for the future

The caravans we own at sites across the UK were occupied for 99% of the 2016 holiday season (March-November). We purchased our 15th and 16th caravans ready for 2016, giving at least 600 more families over the next 10 years access to a seaside break.

Of our total expenditure in the 2014-15 financial year:

  • 66% was spent on direct charitable expenditure as explained above (This fell from 76% in the previous year due largely to activity associated with maximising the opportunity from our 40th Anniversary)
  • 33% went towards fundraising and publicity, without which we would be unable to secure income and grow our charity
  • 1% was spent on governance.

More information on our income and expenditure can be found in our latest annual review.