[Mothers’ Union] As part of a united and co-ordinated response from members in dioceses across the United Kingdom, Mothers’ Union is planning to support families who were affected by the London tower block fire tragedy in June by offering holidays under the charity’s Away From It All (AFIA) scheme.
Margaret Blazey, Diocesan President for Mother’s Union in the London Diocese, said, “We are working with the Bishop of Kensington's office in co-ordinating plans to help as many families as possible who have been caught up in this terrible tragedy.”
AFIA is funded by Mothers’ Union members to help people who are experiencing stress in their family life to enjoy much-needed family time together. The cost of the holiday or travel expenses are met by Mothers’ Union.
In 2016 Mothers’ Union provided 3,400 people across the UK and Ireland with a much needed break. The holidays take many different forms. Some are specially organised family weeks where a number of families and a team of volunteers go away together with activities and outings arranged. Others may take place in a holiday home owned by Mothers’ Union, usually sited near a beach. Some holidays take the form of day trips.
Mothers’ Union’s CEO, Bev Jullien, said, “It is hard to imagine what these families are currently experiencing and what they have gone through. At Mothers’ Union we thought about how best we could support them.” She continued, “We have been running AFIA holidays for more than 50 years. These holidays reflect the heart of who we are by showing practical support where it is needed most.”
The charity recognises that this is not a short term issue and that the impact of this tragedy will continue for many years to come. Mothers’ Union is inviting families to apply for a holiday at a time that best suits them, whenever that might be. Mothers’ Union continues to pray for the families and all of those affected.