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Family Holiday Association - The charity that gives families a break

Simonseeks.com has joined forces with the Family Holiday Association to help raise awareness of the excellent work they do.

So who are the Family Holiday Association?

For more than 35 years the Family Holiday Association has been helping severely disadvantaged families by giving them the chance of a short break away from home – usually at the UK seaside. The families are all referred to the Family Holiday Association by welfare professionals, who might be case workers with other charities such as Barnardo’s, the NSPCC or shelters for families escaping domestic violence, or they could be doctors, health visitors, social workers or teachers – any professional, in short, who has recognised that a family they are working with would benefit from a seaside break.

All the families helped are managing on a low income, have at least one dependent child and have not had a holiday for at least four years (the vast majority have never been away together before). In addition, the families helped are often coping with other issues such as long-term illness, bereavement, domestic violence or inadequate housing.

A week at the seaside gives a family a chance to put their troubles aside for a short time, to relax and create some shared happy memories. The Family Holiday Association knows that families often return from their holidays with strengthened family bonds, improved mental health and a more positive outlook which can help them though their difficult times and often lead to their finding ways to overcome their troubles and turn their lives around. For children, a short break can do wonders for self-esteem and helps build aspirations.

How can I help?

For every “like” we receive on the Simonseeks.com Facebook page we will pledge 5p to the Family Holiday Association. We will donate the sum of £10,000 when we reach 200,000 “likes” on our Facebook page. So what are you waiting for? Go to the Simonseeks Facebook page now (http://www.facebook.com/pages/simonseeks/117500623760) and hit the “Like” button. And make sure you share this with your friends and family and help spread the word.

Community comments (1)

Just spotted this today Roxanne- it looks like a great cause and obviously very deserving of our support. Makes me feel guilty at all the flitting about I love to do and still never satisfied!
I'm very guilty of rarely visiting the blog pages and relying on Facebook and the newsletter for updates- life is so short!