On Thursday 21st May 2015, Rotherham College hosted the Rotherham Holiday Aid fund-raising dinner at The Wharncliffe restaurant to celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary.
The Rotherham Holiday Aid (RHA) was established 25 years ago and is a local charity that originated due to the rise of unemployment during the 1980s. Since then the charity has helped over 2,000 children, parents and carers to escape their everyday life and enjoy quality family time.
Guest speakers at the fund-raising dinner included former international football referee Howard Webb and former sports commentator Brian Chappell, who gave speeches about how important their first holidays and travelling were to them.
The event was attended by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Maggie Clark and her Consort, Peter Clark, Chairman Allan Jackson and Director John McDonald of FHA.
After the delicious three course meal, John McDonald, the Director of the national Family Holiday Association (FHA), spoke of the unique partnership his organisation has with Rotherham.
Following the speeches there was a Silver Jubilee Raffle which included prizes kindly donated by The Ring Shop, Peter Cusworth Butchers, Rotherham United and the Rotherham Titans.
1st prize was a coach holiday to Bruges which was won by Peter and Jean Wooton. There was also a host of other prizes up for grabs including a unique tour of the Houses of Parliament and Afternoon Tea with the Mayor of Rotherham and her Consort.
The Chair of Rotherham Holiday Aid, Allan Jackson thanked everyone for their support over the 25 years since the charity began and said how thrilled he was that they had raised over £2,000 to support holiday breaks for Rotherham’s disadvantaged families.