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Children from hard-up families get seaside break thanks to Mirror readers

Kind Mirror readers have already donated thousands of pounds to help children get a seaside break.

Our Give Kids a Seaside Smile appeal is raising money so struggling families can enjoy a holiday by the beach.

You have already given a lot of lolly, which will make a big difference to hundreds of kids.

Austerity has left 2.6 million families unable to afford a week-long break, and 1.46 million families struggle to pay for a day out, the Office for National Statistics found.

Almost one in five children have never set foot on a beach.

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A donation of £10 would fund a day out for a child in a family group, £20 would help a family pay for transport to the seaside and £50 would give a kid a three or four-day family break.

We have raised £6,000 so far for the Family Holiday Association, a charity which arranges holidays for those who cannot afford a break.

It helps 3,820 families a year, but with a limited budget it has allocated all the places it can this year – which is why your donations make a difference.

Kevin Brennan, Labour ’s Shadow Tourism Minister, said: “It’s a tragedy so many children grow up never having the joy of a trip to the seaside. This campaign will make a real difference.”

Michael Smout, of the FHA charity, said: “We cannot thank Mirror readers enough.”


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