Picnic

Tips for the perfect family picnic

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With summer finally here, what better way to keep the little one’s – and the grown up’s – entertained, than a picnic! Spending time outdoors with the family, yummy food, and a stress-free atmosphere, is amazing, and there are plenty of green spaces, canals, and coastal beaches in the UK, to find your idyllic spot.... Read more »

Lesley’s 12 in 12 – the year so far

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Lesley Colman is taking on 12 half marathons in 12 months for the Family Holiday Association! At a third of the way through the challenge, you can read her update below! Find out more about Lesley’s challenge here. “So here we are, nearly at the end of May and only a few days away from... Read more »

Easter Fundraising Ideas

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The days are getting lighter, the daffodils are beginning to make an appearance and we all have a new-found spring in our step which means Easter is just around the corner! Easter is an egg-cellent time to leap into action and take part in some fantastic fundraising activities. Have a look at our suggestions below:... Read more »
Angela LM18

Angela’s First London Marathon

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I am very proud to be running the London Marathon for the Family Holiday Association.  I have wanted to run London ever since I contemplated a marathon and failed to get a ballot place for the past 5 or so years, so when this opportunity arose through a friend who had TWO places; I jumped... Read more »
Janet LM18

Janet’s reason to run the London Marathon 2018

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Wow, I can’t believe that in just a few short months I will be crossing the finish line of the 2018 London Marathon….. how amazing is that?! Let me tell you a little bit about me. I’m not a runner and I don’t like running! Pretty strange for someone that has signed up to such... Read more »
Lesley Colman

Meet Lesley Colman

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Lesley Colman first came across the Family Holiday Association back in 2010 in her role at First Great Western (now Great Western Railway), and in 2014 she committed to fundraise by running the Virgin Money London Marathon the following year. Since then she hasn’t looked back. In fact she’s kept running!   As an enthusiastic... Read more »
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Jetting off – when does your holiday begin?

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New research commissioned by Heathrow Express has shown that for those of us lucky enough to take overseas holidays, they really begin on the journey to the airport – and not when you arrive at the destination, according to holidaymakers. Researchers polled 2,000 holidaymakers and found most – one third – think a getaway truly... Read more »
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Anticipation – The antidote to Blue Monday

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Why are so many holidays booked in January? There is a day in mid January that is often dubbed ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year. It’s when the fallout from Christmas – a hammered bank account, a bulge around the waist, gloomy weather and a return to work – hits home. Whilst it... Read more »
Robert Boland London Marathon 2018

Rob’s London Marathon challenge

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I can’t quite believe I am only 15 weeks away from this major achievement. Had you asked me 5 years ago I would have said never to a marathon, never mind the London Marathon! But after dalliances with Triathlons, Bikes and shorter distances, the challenge of completing the marathon seemed to find me. I have... Read more »
Christmas

Supporting good mental health over Christmas

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It’s usually not a surprise when someone says that Christmas is a difficult time for many people. The pressure we experience to be happy, shop until we drop, decorate our homes, bake goodies and more, all makes it hard to not feel overwhelmed. For those dealing with mental health issues, it can feel like the... Read more »