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A record year at the PATA Christmas Lunch

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We were delighted to be invited to be the official charity at the 2019 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Christmas Lunch. Held on the 12th of December at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in central London, it was a fantastic event and PATA’s biggest Christmas Lunch to date. Charity patron Alison Rice said a few words... Read more »
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Another successful year for the ScotSpirit Breaks

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Scottish families receive breaks through inclusive tourism programme 485 struggling families received a vital break last year thanks to the generosity of Scotland’s tourism industry, VisitScotland has revealed today (7 January 2020). The ScotSpirit Breaks, a nationwide programme coordinated by the Family Holiday Association, with the support of VisitScotland, has continued to help people across... Read more »
British Travel Awards 2019

Joan Laurance honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Family Holiday Association co- founder Joan Laurance has posthumously been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 British Travel Awards. Joan passed away earlier this year on February 23rd at the age of 98. British Travel Awards’ chairman Roger Allard and finance director Chris Photi presented the award to Joan’s daughter Pauline Laurance and... Read more »
Great York Ghost Search

Charity benefits from Great York Ghost Search Success

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A record £5000 has been raised for charity as a result of the Great York Ghost Search event which took place throughout the city over the Halloween period. Extended to a three week season, the family-friendly trail saw 26 illuminated ghost lamps hidden in shop windows across the city which were then auctioned off to... Read more »
12 days of giving

£120,000 | 120 charities | 12 days

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Nominate the Family Holiday Association and we could benefit from £1,000 from Ecclesiastical Insurance. Ecclesiastical Insurance have once again launched their 12 days of giving, designed to provide vital funding to charities by donating £1,000 to 120 charities over 12 days in the run up to Christmas. How it works: To be in with a... Read more »

10 years of support with Canvas Holidays

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Last week, we visited Canvas Holidays at their head office in Dunfermline, to formally thank them for raising £100,000 over the past 10 years. Since the partnership between Canvas Holidays and the Family Holiday Association began back in 2009, the incredible funds raised have helped around 450 families struggling with terrible circumstances, to have a... Read more »
Kat Lee

New Chief Executive Announced

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We are pleased to announce that Kat Lee has been appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Family Holiday Association. Kat is joining from Girlguiding, the UK’s largest charity for girls and young women. As Head of Youth Programmes she has spent the last six years leading the successful transformation of the organisation’s... Read more »

The Great York Ghost Search!

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Hidden around the city of York are 26 Ghost Lamps and Mini Ghosts and we need your help to find them. We dare you and your family to take up the challenge of finding all the ghosts for the chance to win some spooktacular prizes, thanks to York Dungeon – the home of Halloween. Go... Read more »

Trip for a Trip to Brighton

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We recently organised a group trip to Brighton for the day, funded by Responsible Travel who support the charity through their Trip for a Trip scheme. Responsible Travel documented the trip in the form of a short video, below.. Talking about the trip, Sophie Pearson from Responsible Travel said: “There was a clear blue sky... Read more »
Holiday Park & Resort Innovation

Official charity at industry show

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We are delighted to have been chosen as the official charity of the Holiday Park Resort & Innovation Show which returns to The NEC, Birmingham on the 6th and 7th November. As Europe’s leading event in the holiday park industry, it is dedicated to providing the country’s most ambitious holiday park and resort owners and... Read more »