The Kids' Holiday
Since 1994, Impact UK has organised and run a residential holiday for local disadvantaged children. The annual holiday is organised from our headquarters in Windermere and is offered to children from the local area, via liaison with local councils and charities.
The holiday is based at a local Scout Camp and the fun packed five days are completely free of charge to the children.
Activities during the week typically include adventures such as swimming, a visit to a wildlife park, canoeing on the lake, and the highlight of the week - a day at the fun fair! For many of the children, it is the first time they have stayed away from home, or even been on holiday at all. The week has been designed and adapted to offer the children an opportunity to take part in new activities that are fun, challenging and increase their confidence levels. For our people, this is a great opportunity to project manage an event, work with colleagues from cross-functional groups and lead a team. This is just one example of Impact's Learning in the Community initiative.
Fundraising: Annual Winter Ball
Whilst Impact donates staff time and resources to run the holidays, the UK holiday would not be possible without the support of local and national organisations to help raise the funds needed to make the event so special and memorable for the children. To read more about our previous event, please click here.
Much of the external fundraising for the holiday takes place at our annual Charity Dinner organised by Impact Aid. To view images from the event please click here.
Impact would like to express their thanks and appreciation to: Aqua Hair and Beauty, Barclays, Brackens Florist, Briery Wood Hotel, Cragwood Country House Hotel, English Lakes Hotels, Equinox hairdresssers, Farrer’s Tea & Coffee Merchants, Fleurtations, Fountain Street Dental Practice Ulverston, Fayrer Garden House Hotel, Frank Staintons, Grasmere Garden centre, Hayes Garden World, Lakeland Ltd, Lakeland Potteries, Lakeland Radio, Langdale Country Club, Lindeth Howe, MacDonald Old England Hotel, Merewood Country House Hotel, Poppy Red, Scarlett Ribbon, Sony, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, The Attic, The World of Beatrix Potter, Valerie Ann’s Florist and everyone who has contributed to our fundraising.
Impact would also like to thank their own staff for the extra hours and hard work they put into the week, ensuring that the children have a happy, relaxed holiday in a safe environment.
Using our knowledge and experience, 2007 saw the first holiday run from our Asia Pacific headquarters in Thailand. The holiday was offered to children from an orphanage whom Impact have worked with as a Community Partner on a number of projects.
The two and a half days were packed with sightseeing, learning opportunities, new experiences and fun and games. The children were asked what their ideas were when they thought about going on holiday and the Impact team set off to put as many smiles on their faces as possible.
Some of the kids had never been to Bangkok and most had never experienced the underground train or the BTS Sky Train but they were all excited to learn how to buy a ticket and enter the turnstiles for their first time.
They also toured a children’s museum, visited an open zoo and aquarium, rode bikes at their beachside accommodation, painted their own t-shirts and devoured big bowls of ice cream! Everyone had a great time.
As with the UK holiday, it was a lot of work and long days but a very rewarding experience for all involved.