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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.

Impact Graphic 2017More than 9,000 children and almost 7,000 adults benefited with nearly two thirds having a break together for the first time. Based on on feedback we found that virtually all families (99%) had fun and created happy memories, with 93% reporting reduced stress and worries and the same number felt better able to cope after their break. “These results are an important and tangible indication of the importance of breaks away from home,” stated John Kinnear, the charity’s Head of Programmes.

A summary of our findings can be seen on the graphic – right – or by clicking here.

A trend through 2017 was a move towards increased collaboration with the travel and tourism industry. Highlights include a record number of children and families helped in Scotland through the pioneering ScotSpirit breaks project, and more attractions taking part in The Big Weekend in Kent and Hertfordshire.

Charity Director John McDonald said: “2017 has proved another hugely successful year for the Family Holiday Association and we are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved.

“As ever, there is much more that can be done but with continued support and collaboration of our many supporters we believe we are in a great position to see further significant growth in the years ahead.”