06 Oct

ABTA Benevolent Fund and the Family Holidays Association at the Travel Convention

The ABTA Benevolent Fund and the Family Holiday Association have joined forces to ask for support at The Travel Convention in Barcelona. The ABTA Benevolent Fund is ABTA’s very own charity, and was established 20 years ago to help colleagues who are currently, or previously employed by an ABTA member, who through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times and are in need of help. To date the Fund has awarded grants and loans totalling some £500,000.

The Family Holiday Association is a UK-wide charity that gives disadvantaged children the chance to enjoy a much-needed family break, usually in a caravan by the sea. All of the families the charity helps are coping with difficult circumstances, such as bereavement, poverty, family break-up, domestic violence or chronic illness. Most of the families helped have never had a break away together before. There will be two main fundraising events at The Travel Convention on Wednesday 7th October.

Fun Run: All those attending the Travel Convention in Barcelona in October are being encouraged to take part in the annual 3k Fun Run. The Fun Run, which is organised by Argyle Recruitment and Barcelona Turisme, and sponsored by Vertical Group and Arnold Fisher Insurance Services, is being held after sessions on 7th of October at 1730. Entry for the fun run is £20 per person or £50 for a team of three. Runners will be treated to refreshments and prize-giving at a post-race reception hosted by Barcelona Turisme.

Fantastic Prize Draw: For a chance to win a fabulous two week Mediterranean cruise worth £3500 - £4000 with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, delegates must attend the Barcelona Host Party on Wednesday 7th October and place a minimum of £10- or €10 into a charity envelope on their dinner table – or use more envelopes if they want to increase their chances of winning! John McEwan, ABTA Chairman, will draw the winner at the end of the evening. The prize draw is kindly sponsored by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Arnold Fisher Insurance Services.

Joe Hipgrave, Family Holiday Association Fundraising Manager said “We are delighted to be working with the ABTA Benevolent Fund at this year’s Convention.  The Fun Run and the Charity Prize Draw will be helping some severely disadvantaged UK families to have their first ever break away from home.” 

Mark Tanzer, ABTA’s Chief Executive said “We urge all delegates to register for the Fun Run and enter for the fabulous prize draw to help raise funds for two very worthy charities; the Family Holiday Association and our own charity, the ABTA Benevolent Fund.  ABTA-Ben does wonderful work providing practical and financial help to those of our colleagues who have fallen on difficult times and are unable to work through prolonged illness, accident, redundancy or forced retirement.  ABTA BEN has helped many; with your support it can help many more.”

The ABTA Benevolent Fund is ABTA’s very own Charity, managed by a Board of Trustees. It as was created 20 years ago with the aim of helping anyone working, or has worked for an ABTA Member, to improve their quality of life. And during these recessionary times, the Fund is receiving an increasing number of applications for help from those unfortunate colleagues who are unable to work through prolonged illness, an accident, redundancy or compulsory retirement.   Over the years the Fund has helped more than 500 families by awarding grants and loans totalling some £500,000. With continued generous support, it can help many more.

For further information, please visit www.abtabenevolentfund.org. The ABTA Benevolent Fund is registered charity no. 295819.

About the Family Holiday Association

For over 30 years, the Family Holiday Association has been working to provide short breaks for the most needy families in our community. The FHA helps families in desperate circumstances: those dealing with disability, bereavement, poverty, mental health problems, inadequate housing, or abuse. The chance to enjoy a break away from the stresses of daily life is something that many of us take for granted, but thousands of UK children have never had the chance to enjoy a holiday. Typically, a family granted an FHA break spends a week staying in a caravan in a UK seaside town. We have found that these simple holidays can help strengthen relationships within the family and give family members a fresh perspective, providing them with the motivation to make positive changes to their lives.  “The families I know who have taken up the benefits of a holiday through FHA…have found them to be of tremendous benefit, particularly I note the long term benefits for the children as often holidays are amongst the few positive memories they have of family life.” Referring welfare agent, 2007

For more information, please visit www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk The Family Holiday Association is registered charity no. 800262.