A little drop of sunshine
12th December 2017
For the past three years we have appointed a ‘champion charity’ that we support throughout the year through a variety of activities. As 2017 comes to a close we are turning our attention to next year’s fund-raising for our 2018 charity of the year: the FAMILY HOLIDAY ASSOCIATION.
The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring; from severe and long-term illness, bereavement, and mental health issues, to disability and domestic violence.The majority of families helped by the charity have never been away before, and often don’t have the confidence or resources to arrange a break away from home.
For many children, a seaside break offers the chance to paddle in the sea, build a sandcastle or fly a kite for the very first time.
John McDonald, the Family Holiday Association’s Chief Executive says, “We help families in desperate need of respite: families knocked sideways by the toughest of circumstances. Evidence shows that a short, simple break in a caravan at the British seaside or day trip can really make a difference and help a family cope with whatever the future throws at them. We are thrilled that this new partnership with SVM will help more families for whom a holiday is a lifeline – giving them relief from daily struggles, a chance to smile together and create precious memories to last them a lifetime. What a gift to give!
Over the past three years we have raised hundreds of pounds for our ‘champion charities’, including the MS Society and Hounds for Heroes. As each year comes to a close we feel proud to have helped some of the country’s hard-working charities to make a difference to people’s lives. This year we look forward to bringing some sunshine into the lives of families in hardship. Sara is just five-and-a-half years old, and her story is typical of those told time and again by the families helped by the Family Holiday Association. Watch her video and hear how the lives of everyone in her family changed when her mum became ill.
Mark Sansom, Director at SVM says, “The feeling of walking in bare feet on the sand has to be one of life’s simplest pleasures; a moment of escapism. To think that so many children whose daily lives are filled with unimaginable pressures have never experienced this is indescribable. We hope our collaboration with the Family Holiday Association will raise much-needed funds and create lasting memories for families less fortunate than our own. We take our Corporate Social Responsibility seriously - rather than simply writing a cheque we want to create opportunities to inspire our staff, clients and peers to support this fantastic charity over the coming year.”
A little sunshine goes a long way. Whilst our donation will help the Family Holiday Association to arrange life-changing breaks for families, they will always need funds. You can help them make their funds go even further here.
The Family Holiday Association Christmas Advent-ures advent calendar is back for 2017! All kinds of winter wonders are hidden behind the doors of these snowy beach huts - including charity stories, events and festive goodies.
You can also join in with this year’s Merry Quizmas! Answer a daily Christmas music-themed question and by Christmas Eve you’ll have 24 answers in total. Then all you have to do is rearrange the first letter of each answer to spell the name of a very famous Christmas song for the chance to win a hamper bursting with treats from Divine chocolate and Higgidy!