How to Help us
We couldn’t do any of this without your help! As you may be aware, we annually provide low cost self-catering caravan holidays for over 300 families or individuals who are disadvantaged, whether through disability, income or circumstances that excludes them from the benefits provided by even a simple break away from home.
In 2013, the Trust raised enough money through fundraising and donations to enable us to purchase a brand new caravan to replace the old one at St Austell in Cornwall . This has been extremely popular and with the new wetroom bathroom it has proved to be perfect for those holidaymakers who have a disability.
In 2014 through fundraising and donations, we have raised enough money to replace our old caravan at Poole and purchase a new caravan on a different site in Filey, Yorkshire for the beginning of the 2015 season. We no longer have a caravan at Skipsea and the Filey one has replaced this. We have sold our chalet in Kidwelly and have purchased a new caravan at Church Farm Holiday Park in West Sussex to replace this. These wheelchair accessible caravans will be specially modified to cater for people with a disability.
We are grateful to everyone who sent us money towards these projects and we would also like to thank the following organisations for their donations:-
The Lottery Fund – £10,000
Robert Hall Foundation – £10,000
Bruce Wake Trust – £2,000
The Hedley Foundation – £2,000
John Le Warne – £2,000
Charles French Charitable Trust – £1,000
John LeWarne – £483.30
Portsmouth Scout Active Support – £150.00
Swindon Scout Active Support – £50.00
The Toy Trust – £2,000
Robert Hall Foundation – £1,000
The Hedley Foundation – £2,000
Albert Hunt Trust – £1,000
Claire Milne Trust £10,000
Morrisons Foundation £10,000
Truemark Trust £5,000
Skipton Building Society £1,500
Charles French Charitable Trust £1,000
The W O Street Charitable Foundation £3,000
CHK Charities Limited £5,000
Archer Trust £2,000
Leeds Building Society £1,000
Anonymous donor £5,000
Garfield Weston £2,000
Last Will and Testament
One of the most important ways you can support us is by leaving a gift in your Will. Of course when the time comes to think about making a Will, we understand that family comes first. But if you want to help us too, we can explain how to do just that. Every gift, large or small, will help. It’s easy to do, and by acting now, you can ensure that we can continue to make a difference to those families or individuals in need.
We are a charity that is largely funded by donations and by our members. We rely on donations such as legacies to keep our costs low as we are committed to making holidays affordable and accessible for everyone. We really need to replace our ageing caravans with new ones and we need to maintain each unit which can be costly. we also need to pay ever increasing site fees each year.
You can help us by leaving us a legacy in your Will. It is important to plan your Will as it is the only way to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled and that loved ones and the causes you care about are looked after. It is best to make an appointment with a solicitor to discuss your options. This will enable you to give in a way that is right for you and your loved ones. Your Will is personal, and can be changed at any time. If you want to leave a gift to the Holiday Homes Trust, a codicil can be added, which allows you to make changes to a Will without redrafting the whole document.
Your support is vital to us and your legacy would really help us to continue to make a difference to those families that need your help.
Giving in Memory
If you are organizing a funeral for a family member or a friend and would like to offer donations instead of flowers in memory of your loved one then please contact us. We can supply gift envelopes for donations or you can ask the funeral directors to accept donations on our behalf. Alternatively we have a donation page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com – type Holiday Homes Trust in the “find a charity” box.
Single donations or monthly donations
If you wish to make a single donation this can also be made at virginmoney giving. However, if you would like to become a member and set up a monthly or yearly donation please contact us and we can let you have the details for our bank account and we will send you our twice yearly newsletter which keeps you up to date on what we are doing for families in need.
If you would like to help us in our fundraising or would like to become a member of the Holiday Homes Trust please contact us on 020 8433 7290/1.
Hold a cake sale/coffee morning
Being sponsored to lose weight
Being sponsored to give up smoking
Running a marathon
Doing a sponsored walk
Wearing funny ties to work event or asking your child’s school to have a non uniform day for us.
If you are able to pass our details onto others you know that may be able to help us raise funds or make a donation to the Trust, we would be most grateful.
Scout and Girl Guides Challenge Event – Community Fundraising
Is your section up for a challenge? Help us raise £20,000 in the next 12 months. That’s only £100 each if 200 accept and meet The Challenge. You would be helping others to have a holiday that they may not normally have been able to experience and we will give you a mention on our social media pages, with a photo if you have one.
Here are a few ideas for fundraising you may not have thought of before:-
cake stall, boot sale, garage sale, coffee morning, bingo, bag packing, car washing, book sale, afternoon tea, sponsored silence, jumble sale, face painting, gang show, fancy dress, disco, St Georges day, badge sale, silly hat day, quiz night.
If you would like to encourage your Scout or Girl Guide group to raise funds for our charity then please contact us at the office to let us know what challenge you will be doing and when it will take place so that we can mention you on our social media pages. We hope you can include us in your community fundraising programme.
So that we can continue to grow and develop and carry on providing our valuable service to thousands of families, we need to raise money through donations every year. If you have any fundraising ideas we’d love to hear from you! You can also make a donation by clicking our “donate now” button or by texting SHHT00 (plus the amount you wish to donate) to 70070.