The holiday group CLC World Resorts & Hotels has announced a charitable scheme that will help the families of the ill, frail, injured and disabled to spend crucial time together.
The Costa resort is working with select UK-based charities to provide 333 weeks of free accommodation during 2017.
The scheme, CLC World Charity Holidays, is designed to turn going on holiday into a reality for those who need it most, supporting charities such as Give Us Time, Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund (CFHF) and Carers Trust.
Give Us Time takes holidays donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, and timeshares, and matches them with military families in need of rest and rehabilitation after tours of duty. The charity was founded in 2012 by Liam Fox MP, who, in his time as an army medic and later as Secretary of State for Defence, became aware that homecomings were not always as easy as might be expected for service personnel or their families.
CFHF helps to fund holidays and short breaks for children with cystic fibrosis. As many as 10,000 people in the UK suffer from this debilitating disease and the charity provides holidays to improve the physical and mental well-being of those affected by the disease.
Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of a family member or friend who is disabled or has mental health problems.
As part of the company’s charitable initiative, seven families from the Give Us Time charity stayed at the Club La Costa Resort in Mijas Costa for a week last month.
At a cava reception to launch the initiative, UK broadcaster and journalist, Jennie Bond, who is CLC’s brand ambassador, welcomed the families, saying: “I understand that being away from family for long periods poses all kinds of strains on the relationship and I hope being here is giving you time to readjust as a family unit.”
Graham Wilding, CLC World’s Director of UK Operations, said that the company looked forward to welcoming more families to their worldwide resorts throughout 2017.
“Many of us take going on holiday for granted, but this can be a challenge for those coping with illness, time apart and caring for a loved one. Helping to change this and increase awareness of these causes is key to our initiative,” the director explained.