Over 4,000 struggling families awarded a vital break in 2017

Support from the travel and tourism industry helped the Family Holiday Association to provide vital breaks to 4,137 struggling families in 2017. This was the second year running that the charity have been able to help over 4,000 families with a day trip or short break away from home.

More than 9,000 children and almost 7,000 adults benefited with nearly two thirds having a break together for the first time. Family Holiday Association research found that virtually all families (99%) had fun and created happy memories, with 93% reporting reduced stress and worries and the same number felt better able to cope after their break. “These results are an important and tangible indication of the importance of breaks away from home,” stated John Kinnear, the charity’s Head of Programmes.

The majority of short breaks provided by the charity were in seaside caravan parks located around the British coast. As well as owning 15 caravans located at eight different parks, the charity has benefited from increased collaboration with more owners donating spare and peak time capacity to help families in need.

Charity Director John McDonald said: “2017 has proved another hugely successful year for the Family Holiday Association and we are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved.

“The travel and tourism industry has always been central to our charity’s activities, and the support of caravan parks, owner and managers is greatly appreciated. As ever, there is much more that can be done but with continued support and collaboration we believe we are in a great position to see further significant growth in the years ahead.”