Leaving the Family Holiday Association

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The Family Holiday Association’s chief executive, John McDonald, has announced that after 17 years in post he will be leaving the charity at the end of December.

Philippa Harris, the charity’s chair of trustees, said “John has been central to the success of the charity.  Not only have we continued to significantly increase the numbers of families supported, the charity has built an impressive range of partnerships with national and international organisations and has become an acknowledged centre of expertise in the field of social tourism.  He leaves with our thanks and very best wishes for the future.”

John McDonald, who joined the charity in 2001 after spells with Oxfam, ORBIS International and the Brain & Spine Foundation, said “It has been a privilege to be part of the team that has supported tens of thousands of families to reap the benefits provided by a short break away from home.

181018Joan at home (97)Cropped“One of my last actions has been to visit Joan Laurance. Joan and her late husband Pat established the charity 43 years ago in the back bedroom of their home in Hampstead Garden Suburb in London.

“Now 97 years old , and despite being very frail, Joan is still a strong advocate for our work with families. Continue reading