These boots were made for walking

This year 25 families will benefit from a free healthy holiday through a new programme designed to get more people walking. HF Holidays has teamed up with the Family Holiday...

This year 25 families will benefit from a free healthy holiday through a new programme designed to get more people walking.

HF Holidays has teamed up with the Family Holiday Association to create Feel Good Breaks, which provides families who could not otherwise afford it with a free two-night break in the countryside.

Following a successful pilot last December, Britain’s biggest co-operative holiday provider has announced it will be embedding and extending the programme. This October, thanks to financial support from Midcounties Co-operative and the Virtual College, it will provide holidays for 25 families from two schools in Rotherham and the Gloucester area. Next year it will cater for three groups, comprising around 36 families.

Last December, 12 families from two schools in Sheffield enjoyed a walking holiday at HF Holidays’ country house, the Peveril of the Peak, in the Peak District. To ensure the families had suitable footwear, Hi-Tec donated 50 pairs of boots and socks to participants.

HF Holidays’ head of sales and marketing Laura Sims said the weather was perfect and the break led inspired parents to continue spending time together outdoors. “For the families it’s really just  having a break from the norm and a chance to refresh,” she said. “For some it was their first holiday.

“It’s our ethos that everybody should be able to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, no matter their background. It’s great that other co-ops are now getting on board.”

The programme is aimed at families with children at Key Stages 1 and 2. Through outdoor activities, healthy food menus and sociable games and activities, families receive an introduction to walking as a free and uplifting activity, as well as the chance to spend quality time together and meet other families.

It costs around £5,000 to provide return coach travel and bed and breakfast accommodation for 12  families at a HF Holidays facility. Last December’s trip was jointly funded by HF Holidays’ Pathways Fund, the modern day equivalent of TA Leonard’s Goodwill Fund, and the Virtual College, an online training organisation supporting over one million users in education and development.

The programme is also supported by Britain on Foot, which aims to get more people out walking, especially those who have not tried it before.

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