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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 HarrisPhilippa brings with her a wealth of experience from the travel sector. During her career she has held senior roles at First Choice Holidays, Sovereign Luxury Holidays, Harlequin Worldwide Travel, Eurotunnel and most recently Take One Media part of Menzies Distribution.

Commenting on her appointment, Philippa said “This is an exciting time to join. Alison leaves the charity in good health but, knowing how valuable a break could be for so many children and families, there is even more we can do in the future. I very much look forward to working with the team and trustees.”

Philippa Harris cyclingTo help mark her appointment, Philippa is taking on a mammoth cycling challenge – riding the length of the Rhine from its source in Switzerland to the North Sea at the Hook of Holland – to raise money for the charity. “I agreed to the challenge before I had worked out how far it was. Now I have looked in more detail it seems I will be cycling a total of 920 miles! 50-60 miles a day – it isn’t hilly but this distance every day for 18 days will be a challenge for me!” The adventure starts on Friday 8 June. Anybody wishing to sponsor Philippa can do via her fundraising page.

Stepping down from the Board of Trustees is Alison Rice. Alison first got involved with the charity over 30 years ago and has served as an ambassador, trustee and chair.

Alison said “It’s been an honour to serve the charity and help it progress and grow over so many years. I now wish Philippa, the Board and staff every success as they move into an exciting new period. Helping families enjoy their first break together is close to my heart and I will continue to offer my support where I can.”

Charity Chief Executive, John McDonald, said “Our sincere thanks go to Alison for all her efforts over so many years. She has made a huge contribution to the charity and left a lasting legacy. At the same time I’d like to welcome Philippa and wish her every success in the role of Chair.”