Updated 05 February 2018

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Mothers’ Union plans to offer Grenfell families support through its Away From It All Holiday scheme

As part of a united and co-ordinated response from members in Dioceses across the country, Mothers’ Union Bristol Diocese is planning to support families who were affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June by offering holidays under the charity’s Away From It All (AFIA) scheme.

AFIA is funded by Mothers’ Union members to help people who are experiencing stress in their family life to enjoy much-needed family time together. The cost of the holiday or travel expenses are met by Mothers’ Union.

“In the past we have provided holidays for families at Haven Holiday Park, Burnham-on-Sea. These are much appreciated and can be life changing.   We also arrange day trips for families who live in the most deprived areas of the diocese,” says Aurea Hart, President of Bristol Diocese.  “Next week coaches will take 400 adults and children to Weston-super-Mare for the day.”

In 2016 Mothers’ Union provided 3,400 people across the UK and Ireland with a much needed break. The holidays take many different forms. Some are specially organised family weeks where a number of families and a team of volunteers go away together with activities and outings arranged. Others may take place in a holiday home owned by Mothers’ Union, usually sited near a beach. Some holidays take the form of day trips.

Mothers’ Union’s CEO, Bev Jullien, said, “It is hard to imagine what these families are currently experiencing and what they have gone through. At Mothers’ Union we thought about how best we could support them.”  She continued, “We have been running AFIA holidays for more than 50 years. These holidays reflect the heart of who we are by showing practical support where it is needed most.”

Mothers’ Union dioceses across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom are offering their support. In Bristol Diocese we have set aside £5,000 to provide holidays or days out for families from Grenfell Tower.

The charity recognises that this is not a short term issue and that the impact of this tragedy will continue for many years to come. Mothers’ Union is inviting families to apply for a holiday at a time that best suits them, whenever that might be.  

Mothers’ Union continues to pray for the families and all of those affected. Prayers can be found here

To find out more about AFIA Holidays click here