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New partnership with Beach Events & Solutions

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The charity is thrilled to have been chosen as the official charity partner of the country’s leading urban beach specialists. The seaside has always been at the heart of the charity and can be traced back to our humble beginnings, over 40 years ago. The charity was established after founders Joan and Patrick Laurance were... Read more »

The Group Company adopts a caravan for 2019!

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The Group Company has become the second company to get involved with the charity’s ‘Adopt a Caravan’ initiative, pledging to cover the costs of running one of the charity’s caravans for a year. The Family Holiday Association owns a number of caravans, located at holiday parks around the British coast. They play a crucial role... Read more »

Charity seeks Senior Trusts and Grants Fundraising Officer

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Senior Trusts and Grants Fundraising Officer, PART TIME The Fundraising Team are responsible for generating all the Family Holiday Association’s income. This is obtained through businesses and their employees, trusts and foundations, wealthy individuals and fundraising events. Working as part of a small Fundraising Team and managing your own portfolio, you will play a key... Read more »

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 »
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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 »
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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 »