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AWTE add charity founder Joan Laurance to their ‘Influential Women in Travel’ honours list

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We were delighted to accept a posthumous award on behalf of Joan Laurance at the recent AWTE (Association of Women Travel Executives) Annual Awards. 

AWTE Award for Joan LauranceJoan and her late husband Patrick founded the Family Holiday Association in 1975. Since then the charity has helped thousands of children and their families benefit from a much-needed break.

The AWTE board wanted to honour such an incredible achievement, and decided to posthumously honour Joan by adding her to their ‘Influential Women in Travel’ honours list.

Charity Chair Philippa Harris and Ambassador Deborah Potts collected the posthumous award on Joan’s behalf.

Paying tribute to Joan, AWTE chair Claire Osborne said: “Joan Laurance had a reputation for kindness and also determination. She really was a force majeure in supporting the Family Holiday Association.

“The association has helped more than 120,000 people, and her steadfast resolve continues to inspire the people who are involved with the Family Holiday Association today.”

You can read more about the AWTE Awards in Travel Weekly and Joan Laurance’s obituary here.