Christmas wishes

Over 11,000 children and adults were helped by the Family Holiday Association to get a break away from home this year.  Most had never been away as a family.

This coming year we aim to help even more families because we know how much good a simple break can deliver, especially for those families for whom a break is well beyond their means.  The post-Christmas period is the traditional time for thinking about and booking our summer holidays, but there are too many children, literally millions of children, for whom a holiday will be an unfulfilled Christmas wish. Continue reading

Programme Manager John Kinnear’s first radio interview

141203BBCThreeCounties_RobertoPerroneSHARPThe Family Holiday Association is regularly asked to appear on radio shows, often at the last minute, and on Wednesday this week we received a call from BBC Three Counties radio to ask if we would talk to Roberto Perrone.

Apparently Roberto had spoken with a Three Counties resident who had not been on holiday for 60 years hence his call to the charity to ask for our views on the benefits of holidays.  New Programme Manager John Kinnear took up the challenge…


I think John did an excellent job and he managed to move Roberto with the idea that so many children miss out on the simple pleasure of feeling sand between their toes or paddling in the sea.

BBC Three Counties is the BBC Local Radio service for the English counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire (referred to as Beds, Herts and Bucks) and has an average audience of around 150,000 listeners.

What wasn’t said about Chris Browne last night at BAFTA

Chris Browne on stage with Ian Taylor at BAFTA last night
Chris Browne on stage with Ian Taylor at BAFTA last night

Chris Browne, chief operating officer of TUI Aviation, delivered the annual University of Surrey School of Hospitality & Tourism Management lecture in BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre on Piccadilly last night.

Chris talked about her recent promotion from MD of TUI’s Thomson Airways to COO of all five of TUI’s airlines and the job she faces in pulling all these separate airlines into one organisation.  Continue reading