2015, What a Year!

Izzie O'Riordan -

It feels like just yesterday we were looking back on our best bits of 2014, and already here we are again looking at the whirlwind that has been 2015!

We don’t know about you but this year has zoomed by for us.

It really kicked off with our Big Charity Week in March which saw a number of ABTA members and ABTA partners ‘flying’ for their LifeLine.  During the week there were bake offs, leg waxes and roadies in fancy dress dashing around the country to raise funds. This year we are hoping to make our Big Charity Week bigger and better than ever.

 It will be taking place from 7 – 11 March so do let us know what you will be doing to raise money for your industry charity. Why not download our A-Z guide for fundraising ideas for some inspiration.

Throughout the year we were honoured to be the chosen charity at a number of industry events including the AITO domestic conference, Barrhead Travel’s 40th anniversary bash, Travel Weekly’s Agent Achievement Awards, the Travel Brit Awards, the Travel Luncheon Club, the annual WHA cricket match and at Bright Consortia's events throughout the year.

Other successful events included our annual Clay Pigeon Shoot and dinner which were both sold out and of course The Travel Convention where we raised an incredible £16,000 for baby Charlie. We also had a record number of companies signing up to our £1 per employee appeal in 2015, which we hope to build on in 2016.
There are also a couple of individuals who deserve a mention for their fantastic fundraising efforts. Firstly the marathon champs Rupert Diggins, John de Vial and Natasha Nuckchady who took on the Brighton Marathon in April; Stuart Parish for his Man vs Mountain challenge; the London to Brighton Cyclists and lastly but by no means least Bridget Keevil who is taking part in the entire Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Not only is the race a huge personal challenge for Bridget, (who had never sailed a day in her life!) but she is also using the platform to raise awareness and funds for ABTA LifeLine. If you haven’t yet sponsored Bridget please get behind her at https://www.justgiving.com/bridgetkeevil and don’t forget to keep up with her adventures on her blog thefatbirdandtheboat.wordpress.com

So where did the funds raised go?

The most important part of what we do is the people we help. The funds raised in 2015 enabled us to help more families and individuals who desperately needed a financial lifeline.

Take Cam. He needed a specialised wheelchair to maintain his quality of life and independence whilst living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

And Sarah who needed help purchasing items for her new flat after escaping an abusive relationship.

Take a look at our other case studies here.

Our LifeLine stretched far and wide in 2015. From medical conditions and disability, to unexpected circumstances that put a real strain on the household budget (such as serious illness or bereavement), we provided financial grants for a wide range of needs from the everyday to the exceptional. If you or someone you know could benefit from the help we offer please do get in touch.

Bring on 2016

As we ring in the New Year we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. In 2016 we are looking to help even more people and raise even more funds. We want everybody in the ABTA family to know there is somewhere to turn so please continue to spread the word about the help we can give.

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