Project information

Caravan replacement project

Help struggling families benefit from a much needed holiday or short break by the British seaside. For nearly forty years we have witnessed the positive impact a simple break can have on the long-term well-being of the families we help. Our caravans are an integral part of our delivery.

December 2014 - January 2015

Charity information: Family Holiday Association

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  • Need


    The Family Holiday Association currently owns 14 caravans, housed within holiday parks around the British coast. Two are reaching the end of their useful life and need replacing.

    The families we help are identified as being the most in need by referrers such as Barnado's, Shelter, local authority social services, and domestic support services. The families are dealing with often desperate poverty, physical or mental illness, abuse, or bereavement and without us have no chance of a break away.


    We aim to raise extra funds to help replace one or both of the caravans.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Replace 1 caravan - buy a new caravan against the trade-in value of the one it will replace.


    » The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014
    » Ongoing fundraising activity as part of the charity's normal operation.

    The replacement of a caravan within our existing stock.

  • Impact


    Each caravan has a life of approx 10 years. The charity uses a mixture of owned and rented caravan accommodation (rented accommodation accessed through supportive corporate partners). Our own caravans help guarantee cost effective breaks during school holidays when demand is at a peak. Each owned caravan accommodates approx 30 weeks / 30 families each year.

    In 2014 we were able to help a record 2,872 families - that's over 7,000 children and their parents/carers - take a break away from home.


    If caravans aren't replaced they become increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain. General fundraising is allocated for maintenance and replacement against write-down. Specific campaign activity is considered where there is a large one-off financial requirement - this being a perfect example.


    All donors are thanked by email or letter, depending upon their stated preference.

    In addition, the charity produces an annual report that is made available to all supporters in various traditional and digital formats.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Caravan Purchase new caravan - trade-in value of existing (approx £10k)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Allocation from general funds £14,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The current priority caravan to replace is located at the Devon Cliffs holiday park - near Exeter, South Devon.


    Families are referred to us by professionals and experts in the community e.g. social workers, doctors, teachers and other charities. These are families who would not otherwise be able to access a break and affected by factors such as long-term illness, poverty, disability, abuse or even bereavement.

    Although UK wide, we aim to make travelling as easy as possible. Families staying at Devon Cliffs will generally live in the South of England or South Wales.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Family Holiday Association was founded in 1975 on the principle that holidays are important and make a real difference to the social cohesion of families and the wider community. Nearly 40 years later we remain the only national charity dedicated to helping severely disadvantaged children and their families access their first much-needed break.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Michael Smout / Marketing Manager

    Responsible for the messaging and operational delivery of all appeals including The Big Give.

    Michelle Barnes / Event Co-Ordinator

    Managing donors to give during the Challenge Phase.

Precious memories from a first ever holiday.

Precious memories from a first ever holiday.