News Archive

Tesco Bags of Help

Are you in the London ‘SE’ postcode in July or August?

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We are delighted to be part of the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme during July and August. Until the end of August, customers shopping at 17 Tesco stores in South East London will have the opportunity to vote for the Family Holiday Association with the chance that the charity could receive up to £4,000.... Read more »
Welsh Government

Fining parents ‘has no effect on school absence in Wales’

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Fining parents for taking children out of school in term time in Wales has had no effect on overall absence rates, a recent review has found. It shows the number of unauthorised family holidays actually increased after fixed penalty notices were introduced in 2013. The review recommends changing the current system. The Welsh Government, which... Read more »
York

Partnership with Visit York goes from strength to strength

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Since they started supporting the Family Holiday Association, Visit York, a part of Make It York, have raised over £6,000 for the charity. Visit York’s partnership with the Family Holiday Association has been strengthened by the announcement that the charity will be the official partner for the Visit York Tourism Awards in June. This is the... Read more »
Philippa Harris

Philippa Harris joins as Chair of Trustees

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We are delighted to announce that travel professional Philippa Harris has agreed to become our new chair of trustees. She will take over from travel journalist and broadcaster Alison Rice who has held the post since 2012. Philippa brings with her a wealth of experience from the travel sector. During her career she has held senior... Read more »

Charity to receive proceeds of new Breakfast Cookbook

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A new cookbook, featuring the extraordinary variety of breakfasts served by Britain’s B&Bs has been launched by eviivo, who are donating the proceeds to our charity. Buy the cookbook here. The recipes, which include the traditional alongside the exotic and unusual, include award winners and shortlisted entries from the annual eviivo B&B Awards. Recipes range... Read more »

Shortlisted in Better Society Awards with TUI UK & Ireland!

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The charity is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted with our longest-standing corporate partner, TUI UK & Ireland, in the ‘Partnership with a National Charity’ category in the Better Society Awards 2018. Together we created the ‘A Millions Smiles’ campaign with the aim of generating £1 million over two years to help us achieve... Read more »
Families helped

4,137 families helped in 2017

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In 2017, the Family Holiday Association provided vital breaks to 4,137 struggling families. This was the second year running that the charity have been able to help over 4,000 families with a day trip or short break away from home. More than 9,000 children and almost 7,000 adults benefited with nearly two thirds having a... Read more »

South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2017/18

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The best of the West’s travel and tourism businesses were announced on Thursday 1st February in the Arena at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay, where we were the official charity. This year’s event was hosted by BBC news presenter Victoria Graham and a heart-felt opening address was given by travel journalist and Family... Read more »
Joan Laurance

Happy Birthday Joan
Inspirational Founder turns 97

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Everybody associated with the Family Holiday would like to wish our co-founder Joan Laurance, a very happy 97th birthday! Joan and her husband Patrick, who died in 2008, launched the Family Holiday Association as a national charity in 1975. Several years earlier they had been struggling to cope with the loss of a daughter who... Read more »

ScotSpirit Breaks aim for another record year

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Scottish tourism industry gathers to launch third year of Social Tourism project Over 50 key players from across Scotland’s tourism industry met in Edinburgh to launch the 2018 ScotSpirit Breaks. The event, held at the Hilton Carlton Hotel, saw businesses from as far as the Highlands join Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and... Read more »