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London Bridge City teams up with charity

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The Family Holiday Association is delighted to have been chosen as the official charity partner of London Bridge City. London Bridge City encompasses the half mile of river frontage along the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, and covers a total of 21.5 acres of space. It’s a vast and lively mixed-use environment which... Read more »
Martin Realey

Charity welcomes new Chief Executive

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The Family Holiday Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Realey as their new Chief Executive. Martin joins with extensive experience in the charity and health sectors following on from a distinguished career as a British army officer. In recent years, Martin spent 3 years as CEO of Restore – a mental health charity... Read more »
Joan Laurance

Family Holiday Association founder Joan Laurance dies

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It is with great sadness that we announce that Joan Laurance, founder of the Family Holiday Association charity, has died at the age of 98. Without Joan, and her husband Patrick, there would be no Family Holiday Association. Since 1975, her compassion, sense of public spirit and unstoppable determination have enabled thousands of families to... Read more »

Forest Holidays to Provide a Free Holiday Each Week for Families in Need

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Award-winning UK cabin holiday company Forest Holidays has today announced a new partnership with our charity. The partnership sees Forest Holidays providing 52 back-to-nature breaks for families coping with some of the toughest challenges life can bring such as severe and long-term illness, bereavement, mental health issues, disability and domestic violence. Research from families who... Read more »
Joan Laurance

Happy Birthday Joan
Inspirational Founder turns 98

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Everybody associated with the Family Holiday would like to wish our co-founder Joan Laurance, a very happy 98th 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 »

Charity to be official charity partner for National B&B week

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The Family Holiday Association is delighted to be partnering with online booking specialist, eviivo, for National B&B week taking place from 18th -24th March. The week will celebrate and raise awareness of the hard work of the British independent accommodation sector and follows the success of the inaugural National B&B Day in 2018. This year,... Read more »

Thousands of children given “life changing” breaks

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An initiative which has given 1,100 vulnerable families, including 2,369 children, a “life-changing” short break in Scotland is transforming Scottish tourism, VisitScotland says. The ScotSpirit Breaks, which enters its fourth year in 2019, is a nationwide social tourism project coordinated by the national tourism organisation and the Family Holiday Association . Around 100 industry partners,... Read more »
TUI Care Foundation

TUI Care Foundation supports the Family Holiday Association

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Giving a break to 7,000 struggling families in the UK The Family Holiday Association has become one of the first UK charities to be supported by the TUI Care Foundation. The five year agreement is designed to provide over 7,000 struggling families with a vital day out or short-break holiday – directly benefiting over 16,000... Read more »
CLIA Cyclists

CLIA UK & Ireland members send 358 struggling families on a trip

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Fundraising efforts by CLIA UK & Ireland’s members and supporters will mean that 358 struggling UK families will be able to go on a precious day out at the British seaside or local tourist attraction. CLIA UK & Ireland partnered with Family Holiday Association, a non-profit organisation who has provided breaks for UK families with... Read more »
Kent & Herts Tourism Awards

Special Tourism Awards in Kent & Herts

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The Family Holiday Association were delighted to present special awards recently at both the Kent and Herts Tourism Awards to recognise on-going partnerships between the charity and local visitor attractions. In Kent, Maidstone-based Kent attraction ‘Kent Life’ picked up the award. It was presented by John Kinnear, Head of Programmes at the charity, who commented “We... Read more »