Unsung Heroes

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 to fundraise for the charity and support families during this time.

From donations of profits to wing walks in the sky, the last six months have shown us just how many ways there are to support the charity. Take a look at some of the wonderful stories below.

A wing walk in the clouds for 79-year old Christine

Supporter Christine standing next to a bi-planeStrapped into a 5 point harness on the top of a bi-plane, Christine soared through the sky for a 16 minute ultimate experience including zooms and climbs at speeds up to 130mph!

“I saw a wingwalk years ago on tv, and thought it would be a good way to celebrate my 80th birthday, having done a couple of parachute jumps in the past!

“The Family Holiday Association is a worthwhile cause. Our grandson had cerebral palsy and passed away when he was 14yrs old, he was a very special little boy. All children should have some joy in their lives.” – Christine Daniells

If you’re feeling inspired by Christine and would like to take part in your own wing walk, you can find out more here.

Providing a lifeline to families

Referrer HelenHelen refers families to the Family Holiday Association in her role at Sheffield Young Carers, and has told the charity what life has been like over the last few months for the families she supports.

“We were fortunate to have a volunteer response team in Sheffield that helped families access food vouchers etc. In the beginning of the lockdown, many families did not have a smart phone or access to the internet. Working with partners we managed to supply young carers and families with over 40 laptops. Many of them were very anxious about going digital so where needed basic IT support was provided.

“We could not do any home visits because of the government guidelines. Most families are receptive to any support whether it is on the phone or face to face. The challenge is identifying safeguarding issues without the visual cues you get from face to face contact. Also, you cannot see if a families situation has deteriorated and if additional support is needed.

“We learnt to adapt by understanding the parent’s voice patterns and unspoken cues. Again, this was a massive learning curve. Women suffering from domestic violence may have the perpetrator in the background while they are calling us. We had to ask a series of closed questions to check whether the call is a cry for help without giving away the victim’s reason for the call .

Logo of 'Sheffield Young Carers' in white with blue background

“Despite all the challenges the biggest positive is the difference agencies make, working together to achieve a common cause. People genuinely want to help improve lives and that has been a ray of sunshine.”– Helen Bolt, referrer from Sheffield Young Carers

If you’d like to find out more about Sheffield Young Carers, please visit their website.

Author donates £1 from each e-book sold

Front cover of Midnight at Lucas Bay e-book

Author and charity supporter Lee Pennell published her latest novel titled Midnight at Lucas Bay in July and Lee very kindly offered to donate £1.00 from each e-book sold to The Family Holiday Association. The adventure story for 9-14 year olds is set in the stunning scenery around the Gower Peninsula in Wales where Lee grew up.

“When lockdown occurred I thought that for many families holidays particularly by the sea, were going to be essential for their well-being.” – Lee Pennell

If you’d like to read Midnight at Lucas Bay, the e-book is available from the Amazon Kindle store here.

Percentage of profits from start-up company

Travel Minis logo

Travel Minis is a new start-up business that launched at the beginning of September selling travel size toiletries and gadgets.

Founder Silvia contacted us over the the summer and will be donating a percentage of her profits each month to the Family Holiday Association.

“I am a mother too and I know how important it is to have a change of environment and make some memories, especially in difficult times.” – Silvia Kuzma

To find out more about Travel Minis, visit the website here.


If you enjoyed this blog, you can read more in Part 2 here.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us during a difficult 2020. We know that we will be needed more than ever once things get back to normal. Your support now will help us be ready.

If you’d like to take part in an event or fundraise for the Family Holiday Association, please contact coral@fhaonline.org.uk.

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