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World Mental Health Day

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With so much uncertainty in the world this year, looking after our mental health has never been more important. The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘mental health for all’. According to Mind, the mental health charity, one in four people experience mental health issues each year. Recent research conducted by the... Read more »

Unsung Heroes

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Life has changed for all of us this year whilst we’ve got to grips with lockdown restrictions. That doesn’t mean that we, or our many supporters have sat at home with our feet up (though that’s okay too!). We’re shining a light on some of our unsung heroes who have found interesting and unusual ways... Read more »
Thomas Cook statue

The history of holidays: Part Three

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While the workers of the Lancashire mill towns were jumping on trains and speeding off to the nearest seaside, further south in Leicestershire a temperance campaigner called Thomas Cook was pioneering another type of holiday which stills flourishes today: the package holiday. To coincide with our 45th Anniversary we are publishing a short series of... Read more »
Opening of Blackpool North Pier

The history of holidays: Part Two

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The Great British Seaside Holiday actually began as the Great British Seaside Daytrip. To coincide with our 45th Anniversary we are publishing a short series of blogs about the history of holidays in the UK. Our thanks to writer and supporter Catherine Randall @Crr1Randall for contributing these articles. The middle classes were the first to... Read more »
Margate 1809

The history of holidays: Part One

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There have always been holidays but until the middle of the nineteenth century, holidays didn’t mean going away. To coincide with our 45th Anniversary we are publishing a short series of blogs about the history of holidays in the UK. Our thanks to writer and supporter Catherine Randall @Crr1Randall for contributing these articles. As their... Read more »
Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

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The coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on mental health, with the United Nations warning it could cause a global mental health crisis. Even without the influence of COVID-19, many people struggle with their mental wellbeing and help for them and others will be required long into the future. Around two thirds of the... Read more »
Young carers

The challenges facing Young Carers during COVID-19

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Whilst the country has been adapting to the current enforced lockdown, for young carers in particular it has added an extra pressure to an already difficult daily life. In 2019, 18% of the families we helped included a young carer. “[our holiday] was the chance for my daughter, who is my young carer, to have... Read more »
Isolation

Isolation is a problem at any time

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Isolation is the experience of being separated from others. It may result from being physically separated or from being emotionally removed from a community. Does that sound at all familiar? For 42% of the families we helped last year, isolation is a daily battle even without the social distancing measures currently in place to keep us... Read more »
Countryside

Packing Tips For Your Next Countryside Family Getaway

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While the UK countryside is known for its unsurpassed natural beauty, it also has a reputation for boasting some of the most temperamental weather conditions in the world. As it is quite possible to experience all four seasons in a single day, it’s important to pack with various weather conditions in mind, regardless of the... Read more »
Jack

The world is very unkind to some children

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The world is very unkind to some children. Jack was one of them. In his young life he had been through a trauma which affected him so badly that he stopped speaking, and was no longer attending school. Healthcare workers were trying their hardest to help. And one of them, who knew about the work... Read more »