Charitable Travel has brought out a Home for Christmas campaign to support charities in particular need over the festive period.
The social-enterprise travel agency allows customers to turn 5% of the total price of the trip they book into a free donation to a charity of their choice through a dedicated JustGiving web page.
For the Home for Christmas campaign, the agency is highlighting the work of specific charities in need of help during the festive period, such as those dealing with homelessness, poverty, domestic abuse and loneliness.
The idea of the campaign is to reinforce the message travel can be a force for good, particularly following the difficulties of the pandemic and the strain charities come under at Christmas time.
Chief executive Melissa Tilling said: “Through the winter months and the festive period, it’s easy to forget that there are many who need support both in the UK and across the world.
“Homelessness, poverty, domestic abuse, and loneliness are particularly prevalent over this period, so we are launching our ‘Home for Christmas’ campaign to ensure that while we are having the best Christmas we can have, we’re helping others to have a better, safer and warmer winter through the work of these amazing charity partners.”
Throughout December, the agency will be highlighting the work of homeless charities Emmaus, Brighton Housing Trust, Railway Children, Warming Up The Homeless, and Street Storage: Fareshare, as well as women’s domestic abuse charity Hopscotch, vulnerable families charity Family Action, The Wolfpack Project for those who are lonely and socially isolated, and social enterprise partners Invisible Cities and Buses4Homelessness.
Warming Up The Homeless chief executive Trudy Hampton said; “We are delighted to be working with Charitable Travel on their winter initiative to support homelessness charities over the festive period.
“For Warming Up The Homeless that donation helps us feed homeless people during our outreach rounds, or provide breakfast packs or buy sleeping bags to shelter those rough sleeping this winter.”
Among the agency’s offers, of which 5% can be donated to one of its chosen campaign charities, are UK shopping breaks, Christmas market trips in Europe and trips to Australia.
A one night shopping break in Manchester costs from £75 which includes an overnight stay in the four-star Hotel Brooklyn. This offers a £40 food and drink voucher for the hotel’s Runyon’s Bar & Restaurant. The break includes a £7.50 donation to a charity chosen by the consumer on booking.