In 2018, The Family Holiday Association helped 3,820 struggling families get a short break or day out; that’s 6,181 adults and 8,612 children in 365 days!
For National B&B Week 2019, eviivo teamed up with The Family Holiday Association to encourage B&Bs to give something back, by donating rooms to families coping with some of the most challenging circumstances life can bring. This collaboration follows eviivo working with the FHA in 2018, donating the proceeds of the eviivo customer cookbook to the FHA’s cause.
We asked all of our customers -and all properties involved with National B&B Week – whether they’d like to either donate rooms to the charity, or collect donations from their guests on the charity’s behalf. So far we’ve had 60 nights pledged!
Ahead of B&B Week, Brighton Marina House Hotel offered up a room to a family in need for a 3-night stay. This guesthouse is a lovely property set in Kemptown in Brighton, only minutes from the beach.
Owners, Barbara and Jon, also added a donation button on their B&B’s website booking pages, so that guests can choose to donate to the FHA when purchasing a stay. The option of supporting the FHA in this way is available to all eviivo customers – find out how here.
Fourwinds B&B in Cambridgeshire also committed to the FHA cause by donating three 2-night stays, making a donation and spreading the word to their guests and beyond.
Fourwinds B&B is a great location for families to visit because there are so many activities in the local area. From canoeing to enjoying food around a campfire, this holiday in the fens will certainly give a struggling family some happy memories to look back on and lift their spirits.
Other properties are also getting involved, including Hillcroft Barn, raising awareness with promotional FHA materials and collecting donations from their guests, along with Buscot Manor and the Great Grubb B&B, who are spreading the word about the great work that the FHA do. They’re also giving every guest who stays during B&B Week a free Devon cream tea – how kind!
The Riviera, Whitby have donated three 2-night stays to families supported by the charity. Emma Khan, from The Riviera, said:
“Both myself and my husband have a strong background working in children’s homes (with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties) before we became involved in Hospitality, it’s actually how we met.
I am social work trained, have worked in a Family Intervention Centre and have done work with Barnardo’s Young Carers.
My husband has worked in homes for autistic children as well so we have been in contact with a fair amount of struggling families in the past, so when I saw the FHA article in Luxury Bed and Breakfast magazine, I wanted to offer our help this year.”
The first of their donated stays was given to a couple of grandparents and their granddaughter, and it was the child’s first break away. After their stay the family said:
“The break came at just the right time for our family, it gave us the chance to relax and enjoy some family time away from home. The guesthouse was run by the lovely couple who were very welcoming during our stay. Thank you so much for donating the break.”
If you’d like to be involved, either by making a donation, offering up rooms or tickets to attractions, please get in touch with The Family Holiday Association here.