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Partnership with VisitScotland featured on Reporting Scotland

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In 2016 the Family Holiday Association’s partnership project with VisitScotland saw over 250 struggling families get a short break or day out away from home.

The project made a significant difference to the families who benefited and was featured on Reporting Scotland and local BBC Radio, as well as Stephen Nolan’s BBC Radio 5 live show.

The news story featured two families who benefited from the ScotSpirit project. You can watch the video below.

Over half (58%) of the families involved had never had a break together before and none had been able to take a break in the last two years. 94% were able to cope better as a result of the short break, and 100% were able to create happy memories together. Research shows that spending quality time together as a family away from home offers welcome respite from daily hardships, a new sense of optimism and hope for the future. There is evidence that breaks can result in stronger, healthier and happier families and communities.

Businesses that have donated to The Glasgow Regional Pilot include: City Link, SPT, Cal Mac, Rabbies Tours, Glasgow Life, Falkirk Wheel, Walter Scott Steamship, Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre (Merlin), Mount Stuart, Vikingar, Robertson Museum and Aquarium, Largs Putting Green, The Bean & Leaf, and Sugar & Spice.

Businesses that supported the project include: Hilton Hotels, Scottish Youth Hostel Association, Ibis, Mercure and Novotel, Macdonald Hotels, Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Scotrail Abellio, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, City Sightseeing Bus Tours, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Glasgow Science Centre, Edinburgh Bus Tours, Natural Retreats, Helix Park and Kelpies, Aberdeen Science Centre, Wilderness Scotland, Dynamic Earth, The Real Mary Kings Close, Jacobite Cruises, Macduff Aquarium, Loch Morlich Watersports and Treetops Aviemore, Cal Mac, and the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.