HF Holidays has always been committed to acting as a responsible tour operator with community being at the heart of everything we do. As part of our commitment to give a little back, we offer our staff one paid day each year to volunteer for a charity of their choice. 2019 has seen the HF Holidays team support a wide range of initiatives.
Painting – The Finance Team painted an activities room at a MIND centre in Watford. It was a fantastic day full of fun and laughter – with some painting too of course! 7 paint brushes, 5 paint trays and 15 litres of paint later, they had great satisfaction from seeing what they had achieved when the room was finished.
Litter picking on Mersea Island – the IT Team set themselves the challenge of joining an organised litter pick on Mersea Island. They were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day – ideal for spending time on the beach. Although at first glance the beach looked quite clean, the team soon found that there was plenty of litter to find – mostly plastic; it’s very satisfying to know that it is no longer going to be polluting the sea.
Brighton Beach Clean – a joint effort from members of the marketing and reservations team. The beach clean was run by the Marine Conservation Society. From a distance the beach looked quite clean but closer inspection soon revealed numerous items of mostly plastic waste including food wrappers, a flip-flop and smoking-related items. The task was made more challenging by very strong wind but was very satisfying.
Sussex Beach Clean – Helen – our Specialist Sales Manager - joined another beach clean organised by the Marine Conservation Society. More strong winds but several sack loads of rubbish successfully removed from the beach.
Eden Animal Rescue – product team member Annabelle used her volunteer day to help out at Eden Animal Rescue centre in Cumbria. She helped by cleaning out the cattery, teaching kittens to socialise by playing with them (it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!) and walking some of the canine residents (another ‘tough’ job!). Annabelle volunteered there last year too and found herself falling in love with a dog called Tilly. She soon found herself giving Tilly a new home. After a few teething problems which saw two dog beds and a sofa destroyed, Tilly has settled in well with her new family.
Borehamwood Food Bank – two members of the office team in Elstree spent a day helping out at Borehamwood Food Bank, helping to create packs for clients to collect. It was tough to see how many people are struggling to the point where they need to use a food bank but great to see that much-needed help is being provided. The staff at Borehamwood are all very friendly and approachable and take great care to treat each person visiting the food bank sensitively and kindly. The premises also have a Citizens’ Advice Bureau so that if anyone requires legal advice the help was available to them.