Focus on family holidays crosses religious divides

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster ,Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury,   and the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks  have  all agreed to be patrons of the Family Holiday Association.

The FHA provides holidays for families in desperate circumstances: those dealing with disability, bereavement, poverty, mental health problems, inadequate housing, or abuse.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor became a patron while he was Archbishop of Westminster and has expressed his wish to continue in this role providing his support for its work in supporting families and family life. He said: "A simple break away from the pressures of home brings families closer together and better able to face the future. This is particularly true for those families who can least afford a holiday. Helping to build stronger, happier families should be of importance to everyone who values the well being of their community and society."

Speaking about his role as patron, Dr Rowan Williams said: "Not all families have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a holiday. This may be as a result of limited income, hardship or domestic circumstances. I firmly believe that even a simple break away from home can make a real difference to a family's stability and happiness."

Sir Jonathan Sacks said: "Families in this country can be divided and fragmented by all manner of difficulties and problems so anything that brings them together again is to be commended. Research has shown the importance of a break away from home for families faced with issues such as debt, disability and bereavement."

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