Our charity partners in the north (of England)

160114RotherhamYesterday I caught the train from London to Rotherham to attend the Rotherham Holiday Aid (RHA) charity’s annual general meeting.

This charity began supporting local families much in the same way as the Family Holiday Association but for most of its history it has been working in a partnership with us in which they use our team to administer the holiday provision for Rotherham families.

We also have a long-standing agreement to match £1 for £1 their local fundraising with money from our funds thereby doubling the money available to provide breaks for struggling families in the town.

During 2015 almost 200 families were supported in Rotherham, over 700 children and parents. Most of the short breaks were in Family Holiday Association caravans at Butlins, Skegness.

Our relationship with like-minded partners is very important and I try to attend the RHA annual meeting in order to give a report on how our work has progressed over the past year and to meet with the RHA committee and their supporters.

Yesterday’s meeting was held in Rotherham Town Hall and was addressed by the current mayor Maggi Clark.  Cllr Clark knows of our work and how important it is but she was brought to tears by a short video of a special trip to Lapland and Father Christmas organized by Thomson Airways for a group of families last December. Continue reading