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Akaroa Unveiled

A new addition – Akaroa

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Thank you to our generous, long-term supporter Kim Maidment, for helping us grow the number of Family Holiday Association caravans to 14. We collect many stories each year; most are from the families we help but every so often we receive a story from those who help us. In memory of her late husband, Philip... Read more »

Barnados report sparks media interest

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The children’s’ charity, Barnardos, launched a report on the numbers of children missing out on a day trip to the seaside which resulted in a great deal of media interest. The Family Holiday Association’s director John McDonald was interviewed by BBC local radio for his comments on the report. Listen to the report here. Here... Read more »
Peter Long

New charity President, Peter Long, delivers first speech following the Holidays Matter Conference at the Royal Society

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Peter Long’s first engagement was to make a keynote address at the President’s Reception held at the charity’s Holidays Matter conference at the Royal Society in London on Thursday 24 October. The press release is replicated below – Millions of children missing out on a simple break an “appalling indictment on our society”. London 25th... Read more »

Parliament to be lobbied against the Parent Trap of expensive holidays

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Richard Singer, the European Managing Director of Travelzoo, the UK’s leading online travel deals company, and a father of one, has initiated a personal e-petition to Parliament against what he calls the “Parent Trap” of government legislation, taxes and holiday price hiking during school holidays. This month, amendments to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations... Read more »

Term time holidays; a subject for discussion

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Just as John McDonald, the charity’s director, was about to wave off the TUI Big Bike Riders from the company’s office at Gatwick on Friday morning 21 June his phone rang and BBC Three Counties Radio wanted to talk about holidays!   Three Counties Breakfast Show presenter, Iain Lee, wanted to talk about the price... Read more »

John Mason MSP leads debate in Scottish Parliament

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Tuesday 30 April witnessed a major debate on Social tourism in Holyrood. John Mason, Glasow Shettleston MSP, lodged a motion supporting easier access to holidays for disadvantaged families which received cross-party support allowing the debate to take place. The debate, scheduled for 5pm on the Tuesday was preceded by a briefing session on social tourism... Read more »
Craig Tara Opening

New caravan opened at Ayr holiday park

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The Family Holiday Association has opened its first caravan in Scotland. The new 4-bedroom caravan is sited at the beautiful Craig Tara holiday park just outside Ayr on the west coast of Scotland.             The caravan was official opened by the Canvas Holidays managing director Simon Allan and his comercial... Read more »

APPG chairman, Paul Maynard, visits Flanders

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In late August 2012, just prior to the new Parliamentary session, Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, visited Flanders in Belgium to see at first hand how one long-established social tourism programme was working. The Flanders Tourist Board gave evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Social Tourism Group in the summer of 2011 and,... Read more »

Respected travel magazine hosts social tourism roundtable

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“My constituency is the fourth most deprived represented by a Conservative. So I see issues related to poverty and deprivation day in day out. “One of the hardest things that always hits me hardest was when I heard stories of children in Blackpool who had never seen the sea,” Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North... Read more »