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It’s fantastic working with you all on our ‘What a Difference a Day Makes’ charity campaign! We thought you might like to hear an update on how the campaign is going and we wanted to share a heart-warming story of a family who have hugely benefited from a precious day out.
As a little reminder, the aim of the campaign is to raise enough funds to send 250 struggling families on a day out to the British seaside or local tourist attraction. Through donations like yours, we are able to fund these simple days out for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring – problems such as severe and long-term illness, mental health issues, bereavement and domestic violence. Just one day away from these terrible circumstances can make a world of difference and can give a family a new sense of hope and normality and some precious family memories to cherish forever.
Each family is referred to us by someone already working with them in a supporting role, whether that be a teacher, health visitor, social worker or other charity such as Barnado’s or Shelter. Working with referrers allows us to be sure that the funds you raise will help the families who will benefit most.
Thanks to your wonderful generosity, we have raised enough funds so far to send 183 families on a much-needed day away from home! A huge thank you for all your support. We would like to share some family feedback with you from one referrer in particular, as it really struck a chord and shows what a tremendous impact one simple day away can have.
Through donations like yours, we were able to fund a visit to a Wildlife Park for a group of families. The families spent time together exploring the park and for many of the children, it was the first time they got to see what a lion, zebra and giraffe looked like in real-life. It was wonderful to hear from the schools and support workers of the children that they noticed what a positive impact this one day away had on the well-being of the children and their life at home.
For one boy in particular, it was truly amazing to see what a powerful difference a day away and change in environment made for him. Earlier in the year, Jack experienced a significant trauma which completely turned his world upside down. Unsure of how to cope, Jack closed himself off from his family and friends. He didn’t say a single word for many months after the event and as a result stopped attending school. Understandably, this was an extremely distressing time for Jack’s family as they didn’t know how long it may take for Jack to start interacting with them again.
A health professional working closely with Jack, referred him and his family to be part of the group trip to the Wildlife Park. This may be difficult to believe, but on arrival at the park he said to a member of staff “What does a lion look like?” These were the first words he had said in months, so you can imagine how ecstatic the family were to hear this. By the time Jack returned to the coach at the end of the day, he was chatting and interacting with the other children which was such an amazing change to see in him.
He returned to school a few weeks after the trip for a slow integration and eventually worked up to staying the whole day. In a meeting with his doctor, she stated that the trip created a spontaneous recovery which can happen for those who suffer trauma. No-one expected one simple day out to have such a miraculous outcome.
The funds you raise play such a vital role in enabling us to help more families like Jack’s. Hearing stories like these make you understand how such a simple day can have such wonderful and lasting positive effects on a family.
It’s your generosity and support that helps us to continue giving struggling families a much-needed break away from home and for that we want to say a huge THANK YOU! We truly appreciate your support.
It’s been a wonderful few months working with you all and we look forward to continuing the fun over the coming months!
While details in this case study are true, names and images have been changed to protect the family’s confidentiality.
The Family Holiday Association is a registered charity in England and Wales (800262) and Scotland (SC048203).