Celebrities join CLC World Charity Holidays and Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund at launch of Family Revitalise 2017
CLC World Charity Holidays’ has contributed 30 weeks of free accommodation at resorts in Spain, Turkey and Orlando, USA to the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund (CFHF) as part of the new Family Revitalise 2017 project.
At the project launch on June 15th at Virgin Money Lounge in London’s Piccadilly, were TV celebrities from E4’s Made in Chelsea – James Dunmore and Lucy Watson – and renowned broadcaster and journalist, and CLC World’s brand ambassador, Jennie Bond.
James Dunmore holds the cause close to his heart having lost both his sisters to the disease. He said: “Helping young sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis and their families is a cause that is very dear to me. It is such an isolating disease, and I know from personal experience that every member of the family is affected by it, including those not suffering from the disease, and how precious quality time spent together can be.”
The Family Revitalise 2017 project is aiming to provide 30 fully-funded holidays in 2017 – accessible to families in need. As well as funding the holidays, CFHF offer advice and support, book the flights and transfers, arrange Disney tickets for those going to Florida and provide small grants towards food and other expenses.
Laurie Howard, Director at the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund, commented: “We were delighted when we were approached by CLC World to partner with them on this exciting project. Raising support for sufferers and their families is a cause close to their hearts, as a colleague’s child was diagnosed with the disease a number of years ago.”
For many families, just knowing a holiday is coming makes a huge difference. Graham Wilding, UK Operations Director, CLC World said: “We are tremendously proud of this project and are looking forward to being able to help many more families of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers in the future. It can be incredibly difficult to book time away together as the health of the person suffering with the disease can vary so much. And quite often, caregivers are not able to work due to the sheer volume of medical care required, so cost can be a major barrier.
“The families who benefit from the respite holidays we provide via CFHF are always so passionate about the huge difference these trips make. In some cases, heartbreakingly it has been the last holiday for the family where they have all been together – and those memories are utterly priceless.”
CFHF is aiming to raise £28,200 to send another 23 families on fully-funded holidays before Christmas. The families who attend these types of holidays benefit from the trips in a number of ways, as it not only improves the health and well-being of the children, siblings and parents, but also creates wonderful memories for the whole family to treasure forever.
Read more about CLC World’s charitable initiatives.