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After a tumultuous two years, many of us are looking forward to getting back to travel and exploring, but in a way that confers clear benefits to the environment, local communities and ensures destinations remain available for all.

It’s easier than ever to travel in a sustainable and conscientious way as the industry has continued to expand to cater to a wider variety of trip and holiday types. From eco-tourism, community centred travel, slow travel and voluntourism there are a huge number of ways to make a positive impact without sacrificing an ounce of relaxation and enjoyment.

No matter what holiday type you’re interested in, at Charitable Travel we’ll be able to help you take a great trip while supporting the causes you care about. As part of our unique business model, you’ll be able to donate 5% of your total holiday price to a charity of your choice at no extra cost. That way you can take an amazing, well-deserved break while helping create a better world in 2022. Find out more here.

Sometimes a strict itinerary and packed schedule can detract from truly exploring and being in the present moment while out travelling. Slow travel is the solution. By travelling at a slower pace, you’ll find that you’ve got more time to enjoy the locales you visit in a more immersive and leisurely way. Slow travel options include biking, slow-paced cruises, trains, walking and more. While you may not pack in quite as many sights and attractions, you’ll come away refreshed and enlivened by a deeper travel experience.

Interested in finding out more about slow travel? Check out this great article from Issue 5 of Charitable Traveller Magazine here.

Feeling inspired? Check out this great offer to explore the Scottish Highlands by rail from just £1,499pp. For a limited time save up to £150 per couple, so book now! Boarding the Caledonian Sleeper from London, over 8-nights you’ll visit Inverness, the Isle of Skye, The Orkney Islands and Edinburgh. Includes all travel, B&B, tours, excursions and so much more. For full offer details please click here.

Many of us have developed a greater appreciation for the environment during the pandemic. Whether driven by Sir David Attenborough’s magical specials binged on those early days of lockdown, treasured strolls through our local parks with loved ones or being able to hear bird song more clearly due to reduced traffic. Its never been more important to safeguard the natural world as it has a unique ability to restore and rejuvenate us. 

Thankfully, now more than ever, it’s possible to enjoy great holidays with minimal impact on the environment. Pictured above is Chumbe Island, an innovative eco-tourism community in Tanzania that takes great care to preserve its marine wildlife. To find out more about this trend-setting community, click here to read this editorial from Issue 7 of Charitable Travel magazine. 

At its best sustainable travel means placing the needs of local communities in mind at all times. Too often travel can contribute to negative impacts on these communities as the money spent in the destination is not received directly by them and they often suffer disruption due to high footfall. Sustainable travel helps to resolve these issues by ensuring that money is spent within local communities, ensuring they remain viable as a long-term travel destination.  Travellers can often work directly with communities and experience a different way of life, off the beaten track by volunteering in community projects. 

Keen to find out more? Check out this great article about community tourism from the latest edition of Charitable Traveller magazine here.

Keen to go on an adventure and live immersed in an Amazonian community? Now at a reduced price of £399pp, spend 6-nights with a local family in the Ecuadorian Amazon and experience authentic Quichua culture. This offer includes a varied meal plan, a Chief Experience Officer and local guides, all in-destination transport, accommodation and a variety of cultural experiences and inclusions (including a blowgun contest and a visit to a local animal rescue centre). For full offer details click here.

No matter where you’re travelling or how there are some common sense rules we can all follow to ensure that destinations are respected and preserved for other travellers. Our charity partner, Leave No Trace have seven guiding principles to keep in mind whenever we step outside into the natural world (although many of them can be applied to urban environments as well). The principles are; plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste and rubbish properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife and be considerate of other visitors. 

This Christmas we wanted to help give back and support those who traditionally struggle during this period, the homeless.

As we enter the festive period, treat yourself to a great Christmas holiday while helping someone experiencing homelessness have a better Christmas this winter. On offer are a wide range of holiday types and destinations from UK staycations, European Christmas Markets, Winter ski breaks, 2022 Winter getaways and more!

By choosing to give your free 5% donation to our charity partners who work with the homeless you can help transform someone’s experience of the holiday season today!

Check out our Christmas offers below!

Krakow has long being renowned for its timeless heritage and rich culture. So much so though that the centre of the city, Old Town has been named a UNESCO world heritage site. Any traveller visiting the city will be sure to experience a warm welcome!

Explore the rich culture and ancient heritage of Krakow this Christmas with Charitable Travel from £179pp! When you visit be sure to check out its magical Christmas market in the city centre bustling with merrymakers, stalls and great food. Includes B&B and return flights!

Bansko in Bulgaria offers a delightful range of unforgettable experiences for even the most advanced skiers. Get lost in a winter wonderland with majestic peaks, epic slopes and a range of excellent resorts.

This winter spend a week at the 4* SPA Resort St. Ivan Rilski from just £569pp! Conquer the slopes during the day, then head back to the resort for a variety of indulgent spa treatments. Includes return flights and ski lift passes!

If you’re looking for a quiet staycation city break, Manchester needs to be at the top of your list. This bustling metropolis has a lively energetic city centre with a huge number of trendy bars, excellent restaurants, cultural attractions and shopping experiences available. 

This December take a short break in the heart of the city to recharge and snag some great deals while staying overnight in a 4* hotel (with the option to extend your stay) from just £75pp! Includes a £40 food and drink voucher for each night of your stay! 

No matter how old you are Disneyland Paris is a wonderful place to get lost in. Take in amazing parades, unforgettable rides and see all of your favourite Disney characters come to life as never before. 

Book in advance for Christmas 2022 from just £375pp! Stay in the Explorers Hotel just a 15-minute walk (or complimentary shuttle ride) away from the Disney Village’s golden gates. Includes return flights, B&B and more!

The land down under has something for everyone. From vibrant and bustling cities like Sydney and Melbourne, the beautiful expanse of the Outback, a rich aborigine heritage to discover, the Great Barrier Reef and so much more. 

Start your exploration of this majestic continent next Christmas. Explore Australia on an eleven-night tour including amazing excursions and inclusions, a varied meal plan, in-destination transport and transfers and hotel accommodation for the entirety of your stay. From £3,599pp!  

Great charities helping the homeless this Christmas

Crisis works directly with the homeless and has campaigned for over 50 years to solve the issue. In 2018/19 they helped 1,000 people find a home.

Emmaus offers the homeless safe accommodation and helps them access training, jobs and skills to help them thrive. 

Railway Children work in the UK, India and East Africa to support vulnerable and homeless children to help get them off the streets.

FareShare redistributes surplus food to charities that use it to provide vulnerable people and communities with free meals. 

BHT provide safe accommodation, helps with accessing essential services, training and employment and provide mental health support.

Street Storage provides free and secure storage for the homeless. This helps them live a more empowered life by ensuring key documents are safe.

View our full list of charity partners below on our Great Causes page.

Our Founder and CEO, Melissa Tilling has written about Pride and the importance of continuing the fight for the Travel Trade Gazette

"The importance of the protest, the cause and the Pride Movement to marginalised people around the world isn’t something just for June. It is a critical need that the LGBTQ+ community and our allies must champion year-round.

Let us wave the rainbow flag in words, actions and deeds year-round, protecting the spirit of the Stonewall riots to overcome intolerance, injustice and a lack of freedom to be one’s authentic self, wherever it is found."

Read the article in full here.

To celebrate National Parks Fortnight, we wanted to give you a run-down of Britain’s 15 National Parks, from Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands to the South Downs in Sussex and Hampshire, to inspire your next staycation.

Whether your idea of a holiday is to relax on a beach, to get active, or to find a peaceful spot to spend time with your family, Britian’s National Parks are the perfect destinations for everyone. We have a huge range of landscapes, activities, and locations waiting to be discovered on our doorstep!

Book a staycation with us before April 30th and be in with a chance of winning an Annual Family National Trust Pass!

Reflection of trees on a body of water
Brecon Beacons | Unsplash

Name: Brecon Beacons National Park
Location:
Wales
Size:
520 Square Miles

Highest Point: Pen Y Fan, 886m
In the Brecon Beacons you’ll find internationally recognised dark skies, nature, beautiful scenery, and adventure in abundance. Made up of four somewhat confusing areas, Black Mountain, Fforest Fawr, Brecon Beacons, and the Black Mountains. Yes, you read that right, the Brecon Beacons are a part of the Brecon Beacons, but the Black Mountain isn’t in the Black Mountains. Just three hours from London, and an hour from Cardiff, Swansea, and Newport, Brecon Beacons National Park is a great place for stargazing, on a clear night you can see the Milky Way!
Find out more here.

How Hill, Broads National Park
Broads National Park | Unsplash

Name: The Broads
Location: England
Size: 120 Miles
Highest point: How Hill, 12m  
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are the largest protected wetland in Britain and display enchanted waterways and endless skies Home to over a quarter of Britain’s rarest wildlife, the broads are not a natural phenomenon like the other parks. They are the result of 12th century peat digging fields that flooded! Hire a yacht and explore the broads at your own pace or join one of the many mini cruises and experience the wonders of nature and man combined.
Find out more here.

Heather covering the side of a peak in the Scottish Highlands
Cairngorms National Park | Unsplash

Name: Cairngorms National Park
Location: Scotland
Size: 1,748 Square Miles
Highest Point: Ben Macdui 1,309m
Britain’s largest national park, and home to 4 or it’s 5 highest peaks and biggest native forests, Cairngorms National Park is just 2.5 hours north of Edinburgh. Spectacular landscapes of wild mountains, heather moorlands, magnificent forests, wetlands, and rivers. In the winter and spring months, head here for all your snow sport needs, Skiiing, snowboarding, and ski touring. In the summer and autumn, Cairngorms is a great place for hiking, biking, and watersports thanks to the many fresh-water lochs and rivers. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb Ben Macdui, the highest peak in the UK National Parks, but watch out for the Big Grey Man, local folklore says he has been known to roam the peak for decades.
Find out more here.

Dartmoor National Park | Unsplash

Name: Dartmoor
Location: England
Size: 368 Square Miles
Highest Point: High Willhays, 621m
With 450 miles of paths to explore, on foot or wheels, wild open moorlands, deep valleys, thousands of archaeological sites, and rare wildlife, there’s something for every time of visitor in Dartmoor National Park. The setting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles, and Spielberg’s War Horse, Dartmoor has options for the wild side in all of us, try outdoor swimming in Bellever Tor and Woods. Wild camping is actively encouraged here!
Find out more here.

Exmoor National Park | Unsplash

Name: Exmoor
Location: England
Size:
267 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Dunkery Beacon, 519m
Situated neatly between the northern parts of Devon and Somerset, Exmoor is truly a sight to behold. Towering sea cliffs, high moors, tumbling streams, deep valleys and even an Atlantic Rain Forest. Take it easy in Exmoor by watching for wild red deer, exploring the charming villages, or stargazing at night (Exmoor is Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve). Or amp up the adrenaline and try your hand at mountain biking, hiking, watersports or even horseback riding! Exmoor has 34 miles of coastline to entice you, and some of it is so remote it’s only accessible by boat. We think that makes Exmoor a perfect candidate for a socially distanced Staycation!
Find out more here.

Sunrise on Scafell Pike, Lake District
Lake District National Park | Unsplash

Name: Lake District
Location: England
Size:
912 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Scafell Pike, 978m
Newly accredited with UNESCO World Heritage status, the Lake District is a perfect arrangement of wide glacial lakes, rugged mountains, and incredible scenery. A wide range of activities await you here, water sports galore on one of the many lakes, we recommend kayaking on Lake Windermere, more walks and hikes than you can shake a stick at – our favourite is the Old Man of Coniston and Brim Fell circular that has you scrambling up the side of the mountain. It’s easy to see why so many visitors from the UK and overseas flock to the Lakes every year.
Find out more here.

Conic Hill. A tinyfigure of a person stands on the side of a hill in front of a wide expanse of water.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park | Unsplash

Name: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
Location: Scotland
Size: 720 Square Miles
Highest point:
Ben Lomond, 974m
Where the lowlands and the highlands meet, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs make up an incredible varied landscape of rugged mountains, peaceful lochs, and rolling lowlands. Home to a wide range of wildlife, this is a great destination for nature lovers of any age. Witness history for yourself with the many castle ruins and small villages that are dotted throughout the National Park. For the more adventurous among you, there are options for hiking, biking, camping, and even wild swimming. We recommend visiting Rob Roy’s Bathtub at the Falloch Falls to take a dip.
Find out more here.

a wild horse grazing on grass in front of some tress with twisted branches in Matley Wood, New Forest UK.
New Forest National Park | Unsplash

Name: New Forest
Location: England
Size:
219 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Pipers Wait, 129m
Despite its name, the New Forest is neither a forest, nor is it new. ‘New Forest’ means ‘new hunting ground as named by William the Conqueror 1079. Used in the 18th century for timber for the fleets, the New Forest is now home to rare wildlife, open heathlands, ancient woodlands and incredible coastal views to the Isle of Wight. Here you will find many wild horses strolling around, sometimes on the roads, as if they own the place, and maybe they do.
Find out more here.

North York Moors National Park | Unsplash

Name: North York Moors
Location: England
Size:
554 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Urra Moor, 454m
A sweeping moorland landscape, with the largest continuous expanse of heather moorland in Britain, loads of dales, deep woodlands and a dramatic 26-mile Jurassic-age ‘Dinosaur coast. Spend time here uncovering the secrets of wild Britain, from amazing wildlife to glittering starry skies. You could even pop along to the oldest Goosebury Show in the country! Held on August 3rd in Egton Bridge (COVID permitting).
Find out more here.

Northumberland National Park | Unsplash

Name: Northumberland
Location: England
Size:
410 Square Miles
Highest Point:
The Cheviot, 815m
Some call Northumberland National Park ‘England’s last great wilderness, given its mostly wide-open moorland bounded by Hadrian’s Wall in the south and reaching up to the Scottish borders. Northumberland National Park certainly is home to England’s cleanest rivers, clearest air, and darkest skies. Enjoy the history, heritage, wildlife and scenery of the ancient unspoiled landscape.
Find out more here.

Castleton, Hope Valley
Peak District National Park | Unsplash

Name: Peak District
Location: England
Size:
555 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Kinder Scout, 636m
Dramatic rock edges, famous hills and wild moorlands are given a home in the Britain’s first National Park (established in 1951). The Mass Trespass, 1932, took place within what is now the boundary of the Peak District, a group of working-class pioneers paving the way for the countryside access that we have today. Explore the myriad of tunnels of the Monsal Trail, go wildlife watching and catch glimpses of white mountain hares, red deer, and , if you’re lucky the rare ‘mountain blackbird’ (the ring ouzel).
Find out more here.

Cliffs disappearing into the Sea at Bullslaughter Bay, Pembrokeshire National Park, Wales
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park | Unsplash

Name: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Location:
Wales
Size:
243 Square Miles

Highest Point: Foel Cwmcerwyn, 536m
Despite being one of the smallest of Britain’s national parks, it has one of the most diverse landscapes, and was primarily designated for its coastline. Awaiting you here are impressive cliffs, big sandy beaches, small sandy beaches, wooded estuaries, wild inland hills, harbours, coves, and several wildlife-rich islands close by. Unsurprisingly, it’s a great watersports destination. The whole area is easily walkable due to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, one of the three long distance trails in Wales.
Find out more here.

Snowdonia National Park | Unsplash

Name: Snowdonia National Park
Location: Wales
Size: 823 Square Miles
Highest Point: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa 1,085m
Snowdonia has not only largest National Park in Wales but it also has the highest peak in England and Wales. It also has a train that takes you to the top making Snowdon / Yn Wydda Britain’s most accessible peak at 1,085m! The rest of the National Park includes stunning vistas, amazing opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and even white-water rafting at Bala. The history of the area is evident throughout the park, with medieval castles and prehistoric monuments popping up all over.
Find out more here.

Ditchling Road, Brighton
South Downs National Park | Unsplash

Name: South Downs
Location: England
Size:
260 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Black Down, 280m

Britain’s youngest national park and the only one in the south east of England, is the South Downs. Stretching 87 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne, this rolling hillscape offers incredible views of chalk hills, wooded areas, valleys, the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head, and fantastic picnic spots. With the highest point being 280m, the South Downs is the perfect national park for less active visitors.
Find out more here.

Name: Yorkshire Dales
Location: England
Size:
841 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Whernside, 736m

Rolling hills, wild landscapes and tranquil vistas come together to make u[ the fascinating Yorkshire Dales National Park. Sandwiched between the Lake District to the west and the North York Moors to the east, the Yorkshire dales completes the picture of Wild Britain in Northern England. Our favourite spot to visit in the Dales is a small village called Hawes. With a charming pub, delicious bakery and a babbling stream running along the edge, Hawes is home to the world-famous Wensleydale Creamery. A visit here never ends without the purchase of a wheel (or 3) of cheese!
Find out more here.

To read more about the amazing destinations and holiday types we have in the UK, head to our British Isles page. You can see all of our latest offers including staycations here!

With the prospect of overseas travel starting soon Charitable Travel are offering the ultimate in a social isolation island-hopping escape. In line with UK Government pandemic guidelines, fresh air is abundant.

The itinerary combines iconic destinations offering incredible scenery, sights and absolutely the best opportunity to stay in places where COVID-safe protocols are more easily observed.

Each itinerary is tailored and bespoke to customer needs and so travel times may vary and stops can vary depending on how long you want to stay in each location. We’re currently allowing parties of six to book, as long as they are from no more than two households.

Charitable Travel is a social enterprise designed to help fundraising for good causes, because every booking enables a 5% donation to the customers’ choice of charity. This worldwide itinerary is expected to enable a donation to a worthy cause in excess of £5,000. Find out more about our travel-for-good ethos here.

There is plenty of time for planning and saving up for this limited departure of April 1st only. Call us  to register your interest by Midday!

Minimise your carbon footprint on this tour by selecting our ‘Slow Travel’ option, using sailboat, steam train, horse and cart, stand-up paddle-boarding, unicycle and other, more innovative ways to travel.

Fair Isle, Scotland

North Haven, Fair Isle

This tranquil island of the northern coast of Scotland, made famous for its unique style of knitting. The island is only 3 miles long and one and a half miles wide and is home to just 60 people! Fair Isle seems to be the perfect location for a socially distanced staycation.

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Despite being just a short flight, or slightly longer rowboat ride from the UK, the Faroe Islands are largely off UK holiday maker’s radars. The collection of 18 islands offer intrepid travellers stunning landscapes, charming villages, and an exciting new culinary scene.

Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island

Accessible from mainland Chile, Easter Island is home to possibly the most recognisable landmarks in the world. Spend some time here diving and snorkelling or relaxing on the expanses of brilliantly white sandy beaches.

Nauru, Micronesia

Nauru, Micronesia

The third smallest country in the world, after Vatican City and Monaco, Nauru used to be called ‘Pleasant Island’ and it’s not difficult to see why. Spend some time here visiting the old phosphate mines, snorkelling in the coral reefs, or sun-bathing in the South Pacific sunshine.

Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean

Diego Garcia

A British Indian Ocean Territory, Diego Garcia is an air and naval base for the US and British militaries and is otherwise uninhabited. Head to Turtle Cove for a spot of snorkelling or explore the atoll on foot.

Kiribati, Central Pacific

Fanning Island, Kiribati

This remote island nation is popular among the most intrepid travellers, and with 33 islands spread of over 3.5 million square kilometres and a population of 100,000 people, it’s not hard to see why. Plenty of beaches, fishing, bird watching, and isolation awaits.

Sakhalin Island, Russia

Sakhalin Island, Russia

With a colourful history often swapping between Russian and Japanese ownership, Sakhalin is covered with wild forests, streams full of fish, and lots of bears. The weather can be extreme, long freezing winters are followed by humid and short summers.

Ascension Island

Ascension Island

Part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, is an isolated volcanic island. Just 88 square kilometres in size, is populated by just 800 people. The BBC called Ascension the ‘island where nothing makes sense‘ but it’s one of our favourites. Green mountain makes for a wonderful hike with spectacular views, and Ascension Beach is a great place to turtle watch.

South Georgia

South Georgia

Part of the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. With a colourful history, and largely undeveloped landscape, South Georgia is the perfect locale for adventure travel.

Lirpa Sloof, Greenland

Clowning around on Lirpa Sloof

This tiny island is one of the smallest in the world, the population of locals are known for being tricksters and regularly prank each other due to an ancient tradition. Before you visit, make sure you’ve packed your whoopee cushions and rubber snakes!

We hope this unique escape has left you feeling inspired for your next holiday. Happy April Fools’ Day from Charitable Travel!

Why not mix it up for our second lockdown Easter and try out a new tradition? We've picked 10 of our favourite destinations from around the world to help inspire you.

Australia

In 1991, the Easter Bunny was changed to the Easter Bilby in Australia, as rabbits are generally considered to be pests in the land down under. Confectionary companies now make chocolate bilbies for easter, with the profits going to aiding the endangered animals!

Finland

A combination of western Halloween and Easter, children in Finland dress up like witches and go door to door asking for chocolate eggs. The costumes are usually made up of painted faces, scarves wrapped around heads, and twigs decorated with feathers. In some parts of Finland, bonfires are lit during easter. This tradition stems from the belief that flames will ward off witches who are known to fly around on their brooms between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Poland & Ukraine

On Easter Monday, people in Poland and Ukraine throw water over each other with water pistols, buckets or anything they can utilise. This tradition, known as Śmigus-dyngus (Wet Monday) is connected with the baptism of a Polish Prince. It is said that women who get soaked on Wet Monday will be married by the end of the year!

Haux, France

Every year in this small town in Southern France, a giant omelette is made. And we mean giant, the omelette uses more than 15,000 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people! Legend says that Napoléon himself visited the town and had an omelette that he enjoyed so much, he ordered the town to make a giant version for himself and his army!

Corfu, Greece

On Easter Saturday the people of Corfu throw pots, pans, and other clay utensils filled with water, out of their windows. Some believe the tradition welcomes spring and symbolises new crops that will be gathered in new pots. Others believe the tradition comes from the Venetians throwing their old possessions out of their windows on New Year’s Eve.

Washington, USA

Since 1878, the White House has hosted the Easter Egg Roll on the south Lawn. Started by President Rutherford B. Hayes, who issued an order that if any children wanted to come to the White House to roll their Easter Eggs (a tradition that at the time was forbidden on Capitol grounds), they would be allowed to do so. The main activity involves rolling a decorated boiled egg with a large wooden spoon. The event has become so popular than now it includes music acts, an egg hunt, sports, and crafts.

Brazil

In many Latin American countries certain regions of Spain, people take part in the ‘Burning of Judas’. An effigy (or multiple) of Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, and then burned in a central location. Similar to the Bonfire Night traditions of the UK.

Antigua, Guatemala

Cobble stone roads in Antigua, Guatemala are transformed into colourful carpets to mark Easter. The stunning rainbow-like pathways are made using coloured sawdust, vegetables and flowers and can stretch up to 800 metres long. Local artists use stencils to create the elaborate patterns and scenes covering traditional and religious themes. Feast your eyes on the display while you can – the Good Friday procession over the carpets will be followed by a clean-up team that’ll sweep up all remnants of the art.

Norway

Norwegians eat more than 20 million oranges during Easter weekend. This tradition is believed to have originated when oranges were only available during their late winter season, and they are seen as a harbinger of spring, and brighter days to come.

Bermuda

Easter Festivities in Bermuda begin on Good Friday with KiteFest. People who want to celebrate take to different parts of the island and show off their homemade kites decorated with bold, geometric patterns and colours. Throughout the weekend, people eat codfish and hot cross buns.

This World Water Day we wanted to chat about our favourite water-based activities and water sports to take part in on holiday and our top picks for places in the UK to try them!

Remember to book your staycation with Charitable Travel by 30th April 2021 and be in with the chance of winning a National Trust Annual Family Pass, and you can donate 5% of your holiday price to the UK charity of your choice at no extra cost to you! Find out  more here.

1. Wild Swimming

During the past year, we’ve all had no choice but to satisfy our travel bugs by exploring our local areas and spending more time outdoors in natural spaces taking part in various nature-based activities. One such activity is wild swimming, which is essentially swimming in outdoor spaces, like lakes, rivers, or the sea.

Our top picks for wild swimming in the UK:

Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire
Mourne Mountains, N. Ireland.
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
Walpole Bay Pool, Margate, Kent
Grantchester Meadows, Cambridgeshire
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Read this article from Countryfile before you go wild swimming for tips and safety advice!

If swimming outdoors appeals to you, but not so much in rivers and lakes, head to one of the UK’s lidos for a dip. There are over 100 lidos across the UK and are very popular in the summer. Our favourite lidos are the Saltdean Lido in Brighton, Jubilee Pool, Cornwall, and Ilkley Pool & Lido, West Yorkshire.

2. Surfing

Surfing has long been a popular water sport up and down the UK Coast, and during our year of staying home, it’s become clearer that we don’t need to journey to places like Maui, Bali, and Bondi Beach to catch some waves and rays.

Here’s a few of our favourite places to surf in the UK:

Portrush, Co. Antrim
Sennen Cove
Saltburn, North Yorkshire
Porth Neigwl, Gwynedd
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3. Paddleboarding

In recent years paddleboarding has become increasingly popular among us Brits, and it’s an ideal activity to try out during the age of the pandemic, it’s easy to socially distance, it’s a great workout for your core, and you get to explore some truly hidden gems around the UK. Make sure to check out this beginner’s guide to paddleboarding before you hit the water.

Our top picks for paddleboarding in the UK are:

Kingston-Upon-Thames
Wast Water, Cumbria
Loch Harport, Isle of Skye
Mawddach Estuary, Wales
Burgh Island, Devon
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4. Boating

Whether you choose a yacht, a motorboat, a narrowboat, or a canoe there are plenty of waters up, down and around the UK for you to traverse. 

For a city break with a twist, hire a narrowboat on the Oxford canal and explore the historic city, hit the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads on a yacht to marvel at the wildlife, if you’re feeling adventurous you could head out to sea on a yacht and try out your sea legs, or to keep things a little more chilled,  rent a kayak or canoe and explore waters of the Lake District.

Our top picks for boating breaks in the UK are:

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads
Oxford Canal
Hayling Island, Portsmouth
Lake Windermere, Cumbria
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5. Rockpooling and Crabbing

If you’re more beach bum than adrenaline junkie, but you still want a piece to the fun, an afternoon spent rockpooling or crabbing is an afternoon well spent in our books.  Rockpooling is a traditional seaside pastime that doesn’t have to be limited just to summertime. You can discover these brand new worlds year round.  Read up on some great hints and tips about how to get the most out of the experience in this post by findingnature.co.uk.

Here’s our favourite places to dip our buckets in the UK:

Rhossili Bay, Swansea
Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire
Loch Harport, Isle of Skye
Botany Bay, Kent
Wembury Beach, Plymouth
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By Laura Gelder, Editor of Charitable Travel Magazine

I can’t stop thinking about Sarah Everard and I haven’t been able to since I found out that she went missing while walking home in south London. I don’t know Sarah but the last sighting of her was on Poynders Road, about 200 metres from the flat I lived in for six years.

When Sarah seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth it haunted me. She was walking along a road I’ve walked hundreds of times, alone and at night on my way back from work or seeing friends, just like she was. And it’s not just any road, it’s the south circular – a busy main artery through south London.

How can she just disappear? I kept asking this question. My boyfriend, though also saddened by the news, wondered why I was so very distressed. “Bad things happen to good people all the time,” he rightly pointed out. But this, I explained to him, is every woman’s deepest fear come true. And when you see pictures of forensics people in white suits combing pavements you walked over so often you knew each crack, police officers examining bins metres from your old doorstep, divers searching ponds you sunbathed next to at the weekend and a police cordon stretching from the road your doctor’s surgery was on to the road you used on your daily commute, it feels horrifyingly real.

For people who don’t know the area they might see it as scary London, built-up and with danger and dodgy people lurking around every corner, but I see it as home. If I close my eyes I can walk that stretch of road in my mind now and recall all the details of it. The tatty houses and the nice ones, the bus stops, the police station – yes, she would have passed that just before she was abducted.

I remember, so vividly, walking that route at night, perhaps with a few glasses of wine inside me, but always aware of the potential dangers of being a lone female – as I would be anywhere. Sometimes I would run the last bit of my journey, not on Poynders Road where the constant traffic made me feel relatively safe, but as I turned off the south circular – just where Sarah was last seen – into the quieter road that led to my front door. Usually this wasn’t for any reason other than caution, but sometimes I was shaken by a sudden paranoia when I realised it was particularly quiet or saw a lone man in my vicinity.

I can’t stop thinking about the time a man followed me on Cavendish Road (just off Poynders Road), his footsteps closing in on me just as I walked through the darkest stretch where street lamps were absent. As I wheeled around to face him he asked me for a lighter. Having politely explained that I didn’t smoke and making it clear that that I didn’t want to stop and chat, I crossed the road and he called me a ‘f**king bitch’ as I walked away, praying I would meet people coming from the other direction.

Of course that wasn’t the only incident. On the same road, in broad daylight, a man curb crawled me in his sports car, offering unwanted comments on my body. On a very dark night, metres from my front door in another part of London, I passed a man who said lasciviously, “sexy dungarees,” two words that left me dumbstruck with terror and later caused me to chastise myself for not sticking to the main road, although that would have tripled the 200-metre distance from the train station and meant I walked through a badly lit estate where a gang operated.

There are so many more incidents I could mention and just chatting to some friends on WhatsApp about Sarah I realised how depressingly normal these kinds of experiences are for all women, everywhere. One told me how she was once approached by a guy on her walk home who asked “do you live here?” before betting on how warm her bed was as he walked, uninvited, beside her.

Women always prepare for the worst when they walk home alone, because you can’t always get a taxi – especially if it’s a only a five minute walk away. Or perhaps you simply don’t want to spend £8 when you could just walk your pizza off for 20 minutes. Since Sarah disappeared women have begun sharing the precautions they take to walk home on social media and it’s depressingly familiar.

I try to stick to main roads and avoid quieter roads and parks. I carry my keys in my hand, ready to get in quickly or use as a weapon. If I have to go down a quiet road I might run or walk fast in the middle of the road to avoid dark spots, driveways or bushes which I could be dragged into. If I pass a man or group of men I glance behind me after to check that they are not doubling back on me – but subtly so they don’t think I am inviting conversation or get angry at my paranoia like the afore-mentioned smoker. I cross to the other side of the road if someone is walking behind me. I never listen to music so I can hear someone approaching. I keep my eyes down to avoid eye contact when I pass a man, in case my expression is seen as an invitation to engage, but my head up to stay aware of my surroundings.

Sarah was just like my friends and I: sticking to the main road, telling her boyfriend where she was and, I’m sure, acutely aware of potential danger. She was ready to run in her trainers and she was there to be seen in her brightly-coloured raincoat. She was walking home, just living her life, when she was cruelly taken.  

Since I started writing this a police officer has been arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s abduction and murder. My mind boggles at the thought of someone who is supposed to protect her doing the very opposite and I find it unbearable to think of the moment that she realised that she wasn’t safe.

You only have to go on Twitter to see that millions of women feel the same heart-wrenching despair and anger today, as we read the headlines and see Sarah’s face, full of life, next to the words ‘human remains’.

This Saturday the socially-distanced Reclaim These Streets vigil will take place on Clapham Common to think of Sarah and acknowledge all the women who worry about the simple act of walking home. I’ll be there in spirit, holding my head up high not in fear but in defiance and hoping for a future where women can all ‘get home safe’.

In Sarah’s honour, we have compiled five charities that are working to combat violence against women:

End Violence Against Women

This coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs is working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms. Its vision is of a society where they can live their lives free from violence and the threat of it and its purpose is to lobby all levels of Government in the UK to improve policy and practice in response to violence against women and girls. It also campaigns to influence public attitudes towards violence against women and girls, so that there is better understanding of its causes and consequences and a better mandate for tackling it.

endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

 

Refuge

Refuge provides specialist support to women, children and some men escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence. On any given day Refuge supports more than 6,000 people, helping them rebuild their lives and overcome abuse including sexual violence, so-called ‘honour’-based violence, human trafficking and female genital mutilation (FGM). The charity’s specialist services include refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach projects, culturally specific services and its 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline.

refuge.org.uk

The Survivors Trust

An umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK, The Survivors Trust exists because every five minutes in the UK someone is raped and 15% of girls and 5% of boys have experienced sexual violence by the time they are sixteen. This charity’s 124 member agencies in the UK and Ireland provide information, advice, support and therapy to over 80,000 survivors each year. Its services work with people of all ages and genders, survivors of all forms of sexual violence, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, as well as supporting partners and family members.

thesurvivorstrust.org

ActionAid

Violence against women and girls, ActionAid points out, is a fundamental human rights violation which affects around one in three women and girls around the world. The charity is focused on combatting forms of violence against women and girls ranging from rape to FGM and helping survivors of violence who experience a range of problems, from depression to injury, HIV to unwanted pregnancy. ActionAid points out that women and girls living in poverty are even more at risk and is campaigning for the UK to be world leaders in gender equality.

actionaid.org.uk

Women’s Aid

As a federation of over 180 organisations, Women’s Aid provides almost 300 local lifesaving services to women and children who are suffering from domestic abuse. The charity’s ‘change that lasts’ campaign draws attention to its significant research which shows that simply listening to women can ensure help is provided earlier and its effects actually last. Change That Lasts is an approach that places the survivor at the heart and builds responses around her needs and the strengths and resources available to her.

womensaid.org.uk

Thanks to the Government’s new lockdown regulation easing, we can now start having picnics in wonderful outdoor spaces all around the UK. We’ve lined up our favourite places to nibble on a scotch egg or two for your inspiration.

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Aerial shot of Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire

Accessible only by a half mile walk from a nearby car park, this beautiful bay backed by sand dunes and pine trees has been voted one of the best beaches in Britain and in the world! More than just a beach, you can spend your time here exploring the sand dunes, taking a dip in the sea, or examine the rock pools and caves. Remember though, this beach is isolated, there are no facilities and whatever you take with you has to leave with you.

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire

The highest point in the East of England, Dunstable Downs affords incredible views of Aylesbury and along the Children Ridge. Any adventurer, old, young, or in between will find something to entertain, wildlife to discover, wide open spaces for sports, plenty of lush scenery to take in, and a family-friendly visitor’s centre with information about the local archaeology.

Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

Grass Woods, Near Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

Wherever you chose to go in the Yorkshire Dales, you will be treated to scenes of beautiful rolling hills and valleys and lush greenery. Upper Wharfedale follows suit. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the charming valley, dotted with pools and falls, making it the ideal place for a spot of ‘wild swimming’ followed by an amazing riverside picnic. Head a little further north of the village of Grassington, towards Grass Wood, an ancient woodland carpeted with wildflowers. The perfect spot for an idyllic picnic.

Devil's Dyke, West Sussex

Devil's Dyke, West Sussex

Discover Britain’s deepest and widest dry valley whilst taking in amazing panoramas and colourful wildlife. The increased altitude gives you incredible views over the English Channel and the South Downs and is a perfect location for kite-flying and rolling down hills, as well as picnics. The ultimate picnic spot combining stunning vistas and a fun day out.

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

We could have filled this list with just places in the Lake District, as it seems that around every corner and along every country lane in this National Park there’s a gem, hidden or otherwise, begging to be picnicked in. We’ve chosen Castlerigg Stone Circle as for the list however, because we would never pass up the opportunity to munch on carrots and humous surrounded by an ancient stone circle. Named as one of Britain’s most impressive pre-historic sites, you’re also offered views of four of the tallest peaks in the Lake District.

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

With three miles of flat golden sands, you won’t have trouble finding a secluded spot for your private picnic on this beach, despite it being a popular place for locals and tourists alike. The beach is part of Holkham National Nature Reserve, and in the dunes hide natterjack toads and a variety of wildflowers, like lavender, thistles and orchids. To work up an appetite (or work off a feast) there’s a three-hour hike that sees the landscape change from creaking pinewoods to wild-life rich marshland, to one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain.

Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

Sitting pretty on the very edge of a cliff in the National Trust’s Downhill Estate, the Italianate Mussenden Temple offers one of the most beautiful coastal views in Northern Ireland. Part of and 18th Century estate, the temple was originally built as a summer library, and it is certainly a dramatic spot to sit back and enjoy a good book. We think you’d have a blast with a flask of tea and some sandwiches as well.

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

An impressive mansion and a working country estate, this National Trust property will one day allow visitors to explore the Georgian interiors, including the iconic Yellow Drawing room, but for now, only the grounds are open to the public. Take a slow stroll through the charming gardens and busy farmyard or go venture slightly further and you are rewarded with woodlands, lakes, and fields to choose from for your afternoon snack.

Marsden Bay, South Tyneside

Marsden Bay, South Tyneside

This charming bay acts as a suntrap and wind-shelter so is best visited on a sunny day. Here you can explore hidden caves and limestone cliffs or relax and watch the colonies of seabirds zooming overhead. Known locally for its colourful history with smugglers, the bay is a perfect spot for rock pooling for crabs or mussels, and stunning views of landmarks such as Marsden’s Rock and Camel Island.

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle ruins are one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War and sit proudly upon the hill of the beautiful historical village of the same name. with thousands of years of history to see, it’s no wonder Corfe Castle is a hit with grown-ups and kids alike. Visit the ruins and learn about the castle’s colourful and long history, or sit, enjoy the view and tuck in.

Book a staycation with Charitable Travel before 30 April 2021 and be in with a chance to win an annual family membership to the National Trust! Call us on 020 3092 1288 or email us today!

The New year is constantly flooded with the next new diet, or the chance to adopt a new exercise routine perhaps? There is also a highly anticipated expectation of the familiar phrase “new year, new you”.

The expectation with this phrase may be accompanied by feelings of stress and anxiety, how will you achieve this new you, or this unrealistic exercise routine or this new diet? By Jenny Tomei, Wellness Ambassador to Charitable Travel.

You can blame all these expectations on diet culture. Diet can be defined as a culture that places a person’s worth and value on their size and outward appearance. It encourages the belief that smaller bodies are better, healthier, and can be achieved through diet and exercise, if one tries hard enough. Also, there is a growing pressure to conform to unrealistic beauty standards, no thanks to social media! The point of diet culture is for you to feel bad about yourself and spend your hard-earned money to “fix” what you feel bad about, and in turn, lose your power. If you are constantly focused on your next meal, working out, or losing weight, it is harder to focus on your work, social life, and who you are truly meant to be.

The purpose of exercise has now been driven towards burning off those extra calories, to punish yourself for what you ate, or to lose weight. Even the idea of ‘clean eating’ and ‘detoxes’, ‘slimming foods’ are rooted in diet culture. Unfortunately dieting can lead to binge eating, a slowed metabolism as your body has to compensate for the shortage of calories in order to conserve energy, and you become more efficient at doing more with less. Your digestion may then start to become sluggish, and you may take longer to recover from injury, and your hormones will become disrupted!

Dieting also advocates all kinds of disordered eating behaviours, which can have a lasting effect on your relationship with food, as those diet rules become embedded in your brain, and can be hard to shift! When we are constantly surrounded by restrictive diets and rigid exercise trends this can be more harmful than helpful in supporting your health.

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, it is time to start focusing more on self care and exercising in ways that serve you in a positive way.  You deserve to take part in fun movement that helps you feel your best physically AND mentally.  You deserve to enjoy the food you want without thinking of calories or forcing yourself to go to the gym the next morning.

What can you do to focus on the things that matter? How can you drown out the messages of diet culture in the new year? How can you stick to an exercise routine that’s right for you!?

Here are some tips that can help!

1 Remind yourself who diet culture really benefits (and yes, it’s not you).
Companies that promote diet culture typically make it seem like they really care about you your wellbeing, your happiness, your health, and longevity. It’s important to remember that these companies are in business for one thing only which is to turn a profit.
When you see ads promoting the “perfect” diet and exercise programs, keep in mind that they are developed to be profitable, not to improve your health and wellbeing.

2 Grill those Goals.
Despite what fitness influencers might want us to believe, we can’t all squat and abdominal crunch our way to six-pack abs, a tiny waist, and a massive bum. With bone structure and genetics playing a big part in the shape of our bodies, these New Year ‘fitness goals’ are unrealistic and unattainable for many. You can still have a strong core and not a six-pack – abs are simply an aesthetic and often unrealistic beauty standard.

3 Finesse that feed!
Does scrolling down your Instagram feed make you feel good? If the answer is no, then perhaps it’s time to build a better online tribe. Sure, seeing how the other half live isn’t a crime – but make sure those tiles still bear a resemblance to reality.

You can’t draw comparisons when you don’t have all the facts. Remember – you don’t know how much she/he has posed or tensed for that shot, or how long he/she spent editing out any blemishes and adding more muscle tone to his/her thighs. Curate a feed this year that’s inspiring, not intimidating!

4 Positive affirmations
If a thought comes up from a diet ad, ask yourself if it is a helpful or unhelpful thought: does it make you feel neutral or positive about your body? Or does it make you feel rubbish and responsible for changing it? If it makes you feel bad, try having a list of affirmations ready to use! This can be an effective way to help challenge and cope through the negative thoughts that may arise.

Breathing exercises: Seeing diet ads may trigger some feelings of stress and anxiety. By breathing exercises can be a helpful way to calm down those responses.

5 Find a form of exercise that you enjoy and look forward to
Exercise is about a celebration of what your body can do! Exercise is not about burning calories, let’s start thanking our bodies for all the wonderful things it allows us to do! You should never feel pressured into a rigid exercise routine that you dread!

If you want to break up with diets and unrealistic exercise routines for good, then why not join us for live for FREE zoom Weekday Wellness workout, suited for all abilities! Together with nutrition, mental health, and a Q&A session at the end. The workout will last 30 minutes and the Q&A’s 10-15 mins at end of each workout.

Every Thursday there will be expert guests invited to share and participate on their specialised subject, including Olympic athletes, mental health counsellors, and Non- Diet focused Nutritionists etc.

Heidi Roberts, of Kitchen Talk and Travels, has written a blog for Charitable Travel about her visits to the Caribbean Island of Grenada and her philanthropic work with a local primary school.

To read more about Heidi’s experiences in Grenada, head to her website.

In 2015 I visited the Caribbean island of Grenada as part of a press trip in order to generate content for my blog.  The trip was one week, and I opted to stay a further week.  I love the Caribbean and as a travel blogger thought that it would just be another island to cross off my list.  How wrong was I!!

I had found my ‘happy place’ vowing to return as often as I could.

As part of this trip I accompanied the owner of our resort on a visit to a school he supported situated in a tiny village called Vendome.  The school gets very little government support and like the other primary schools have to rely on their teachers’ good will and ingenuity to source essential school supplies. The head teacher told me she had paid the equivalent of £16 for one stapler!

I was so moved by the happy, friendly, and lovely children along with the supportive staff that I set out to do something to help.  I started collecting school supplies and secondhand school shoes (many of the children turn up without shoes and have to be sent home).  So far, I have organised 11 barrels to be sent to the school however we have stopped for a while due to the pandemic.

 

The first barrel arrived while my husband and I were there on our third visit.  You should have seen the children’s faces. You would have thought it was Christmas and the secondhand books and shoes were made out of gold!

I have tried to raise funds to pay for the barrels and always appreciate any help with this. However the problem in Grenada is across the Caribbean islands and there is an organisation you can contact called Pack For A Purpose who will advise you what you can take in your suitcase to augment the supplies the schools so badly need.

I have unofficially adopted the RC Vendome School and on each visit to the island I now visit a couple of times and always bring them as much as we can fit into our suitcases (I use the space this gives me for the return journey to stock up on local produce especially cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate!

The first time I visited the school the children had their lunch, and it was a very small bowl of broth with a few pasta shapes and a tiny chicken leg.  Well can you imagine the effect that had on a Grandmother, mother, food blogger and self-confessed ‘feeder’! I vowed that the next time I returned I would cook something with some of the older children.  The Head Teacher asked if I could make pizza with them.

For the next 12 months I could think of nothing else.  I would make pizzas with the children however I didn’t know what ingredients I could get on the island and what equipment the school had so I brought it all with me!  The kids loved this session and started working in teams with natural leaders shining out, future chefs appearing and everyone loving it.  This has become an annual event and we make enough for all of the 120 children to have a piece! 

I really look forward to the cooking session. It has become one of the highlights of my visits.  Unfortunately, 2020 meant I couldn’t visit however I will be booking my flights and hotels as soon as it is safe to once more do so.

There are plenty of posts to read on my blog about Grenada often referred to as ‘my happy place’ and if you get the chance to visit the island I know you will fall in love with it.  If you do, I am sure Charitable Travel will be happy to help you make your travel plans.

To plan your next holiday, to Grenada or elsewhere, to volunteer or to relax, call Charitable Travel on 020 3092 1288 or email [email protected]!

The Importance of Community Spirit.

Article originally posted on Virgin Limited Edition website.

Making a difference where it is most needed

For 20 years, supporting its people and the communities in which it works has been at the heart of the Virgin Limited Edition philosophy and that has never been so important as right now.

Together with Virgin Group’s charity arm, Virgin Unite, and its own respective charities, Virgin Limited Edition has always supported some of the most vulnerable communities in which it operates; but right now this mission is more important than ever.

With locations that surround some of the poorest communities of South Africa, Berber villages in the rural High Atlas Mountains of Morocco and the remote British Virgin Islands, vital support during this pandemic is critical for those that typically rely on tourism as one of the main sectors of employment.

Jon Brown, Managing Director for Virgin Limited Edition commented “I couldn’t be prouder [sic] right now of the truly incredible work our teams on the ground are doing to support some of the most vulnerable. We are all more than aware of how much this pandemic has impacted our own lives, businesses, family and friends, but for some of those communities in which we operate, it really is a matter of survival.

“From the moment realisation set in that COVID-19 was going to have devastating effects across the globe, we have worked simultaneously with Virgin Unite to provide vital support for those who most need it. Together we have been able to provide much needed funding to all of the communities across our properties to help distribute essential medical supplies and PPE, food and care packages, and education. I cannot express how grateful my teams and I are to Virgin Unite for their dedication and further support during this time – and to our loyal guests who take it upon themselves to support these communities.

“What I am truly most humbled by is that through this work, those communities are in turn doing the most wonderful things. The incredible people that form the Eve Branson Foundation, our charity arm of Kasbah Tamadot, are now adapting their sewing skills to make face masks for their local communities – in a country where it is now mandatory to wear one. This is in addition to providing food support and PPE to the community, local doctor and birth centre. Similarly, we are supporting collaborative response efforts in the local communities of Franschhoek, South Africa close to Mont Rochelle, which are providing food and masks to volunteers and Police Services. Our Pride ‘n Purpose charity arm of Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa has now pulled together a community support group which is distributing waterless hand sanitizer, innovating hand wash stations from recycled material and providing virus-related education for vulnerable groups including the elderly, disabled learners, orphanages, school children and their teachers and families. And in the BVI’s where Unite BVI has always prided itself on support for entrepreneurship and those who wish to use their business for good, it has now enabled a local gin distillery to turn its production into hand sanitiser. They are also working with partners to deliver home education and online activity programmes, expand their entrepreneurial support, and provide greatly needed risk mitigation and medical response supplies.

“At our properties where we have on-site nurses and purpose-built clinics, we have ensured these are continuing to operate to support our staff and the local communities. As all of these initiatives come together during these times of crisis, we go back to the heart of what Virgin Limited Edition really stands for and are proud to be part of the Virgin family.”

Virgin Limited Edition was formed in 2000 with the launch of Ulusaba Private Game Reserve and Necker Island, and just three years later Pride ‘n Purpose was created to help disadvantaged families who border the Sabi Sand. Only two years later, the group purchased Kasbah Tamadot and fell in love with the local Berber village, setting up the much-loved Eve Branson Foundation dedicated to enhancing living standards of the local village and surrounding areas. Today, this philosophy is very much at the core of all of its properties.