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Why 500?

Our charity’s aim is to raise a minimum of £250,000 from the travel and tourism industry, by asking 500 people or companies to pledge £500 (or any multiple of) through the 500 for 500 campaign.

All of the families we help are struggling with problems such as severe and long-term illness, bereavement, mental health issues, disability and domestic violence. We help families who would otherwise never go on a break; those for whom a holiday is a lifeline, not a luxury.

500 for 500. Let’s achieve something amazing together.


What £500 helps us to achieve:

A week-long caravan break for one family

Stickman caravan£500 enables us to send a family on a seven-night break in a Family Holiday Association-owned caravan by the British seaside. All of our caravans are located in holiday parks, which means that each family can enjoy all the facilities and entertainment the park has to offer, as well as the beach.

£500 covers everything from accommodation and park entertainment passes to insurance and administration, as well as a contribution towards travel costs. All of this works out at just £17.86 per person per day.

Stickman family sand dunessTwo three- to four- night breaks for two families

Also comprising a stay in a caravan at a UK holiday park, these short breaks account for the majority of trips we offer. Again, £500 covers everything from accommodation and park entertainment passes to insurance and administration. The beach, of course, is free every time!

A day trip for 10 families (approximately 40 people)

Stickmen familyA short break isn’t the best solution for every family. Day trips are often awarded to those who might struggle to spend a night away, perhaps because they lack confidence, have caring responsibilities or need to stay close to home for medical treatment.


As you can see, your £500 donation (or any multiple of) would make a real difference. Crucially, it would help us to continue to provide seaside breaks and day trips for families coping with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.

Every day we are reminded of how a simple break away from daily struggles can be life-changing for the families we work with.

Because a little sunshine goes a long way.


Or if you wish to make multiple pledges…

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3 pledges would fund a day at the seaside for a large group outing. Day trips are often planned by organisations such as children’s centres, schools or other charities, and involve the hire of one or more coaches. They enable families to enjoy their day accompanied by people who can provide any additional support they may need.

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10 pledges would cover the cost of a group of families spending a few nights on a more specialised trip. This might be a supervised camping, hostel or activity break, which would enable families to support each other while each gets the respite from daily hardship they so desperately need.

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20 pledges would cover the running costs of one of our caravans for one year. We currently own 16 caravans at eight holiday parks across the country. Each year, a caravan will typically host more than 30 families on a seven-night break.

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80 pledges would buy us a new caravan, or be used to replace one of our existing caravans when it reaches the end of its useful life. The caravans we own provide vital accommodation throughout the holiday season and guarantee space during the peak periods of school holidays.