Thomson helps mark our 40th anniversary with a special gift to 40 families.

Our corporate partner of 25 years Thomson teamed up with the Family Holiday Association to help send 40 families to Lapland for a magical daytrip.

Watch the film Thomson made of this spectacular day

As you know we usually helps struggling families get away for a few days to the British seaside. But Thomson wanted to mark our 40th anniversary with an extra special gift which saw little ones and their parents whisked to a real winter wonderland at the northernmost point of Finland, where reindeers, huskies and elves roam the snow-dusted forests.

On Friday 4th December 150 children and parents spent the day hanging out with Rudolph, Santa and his trusty helpers. Plus, they were joined by special guest and Family Holiday Association ambassador, Alesha Dixon.

Here is Alesha Dixon introducing the video and wishing us all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!



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Forty years of holidays


A little sunshine goes a long way

This year is the Family Holiday Association’s 40th anniversary.  I want the charity to use this major milestone to both celebrate our four decades of working on behalf of families but also to help us prepare for the years ahead as there is still much to achieve.

Have a look at our 40th Anniversary Brochure –

Since 1975, when Pat and Joan Laurance first set up the charity in their spare bedroom in north London, we have directly supported tens of thousands of families with a simple break away from home.  And, in recent years, we have helped to significantly raise the awareness of just how important and beneficial a break can be; particularly for those families who can least afford even the simplest of holidays.

Celebrating the charity’s roots, we have used Pat and Joan’s first fundraising drive as inspiration for our current 500 for 500 campaign and we plan to help re-create their famous Hampstead Garden Suburb street fair, inviting along some of the celebrities whom they had open those early events.  We recently found some vintage footage of Esther Rantzen visiting the 1979 street fair with her family. View here.

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