Every day, families up and down the country face real challenges. Sometimes these seem small, sometimes larger, sometimes insurmountable, but as with any challenge asking for help can sometimes be the hardest part. That’s where Home-Start UK comes in.

Home-Start UK provides a lifeline for families who are finding it difficult, for whatever reason, to give their children the best start in life. They provide one-to-one support for parents struggling with everything from a lack of confidence, isolation or emotional distress, to poverty, disability and addiction, supporting over 30,000 families every year.

Since November 2012, holidaymakers booking online with Monarch Airlines and Cosmos Holidays ha
ve been able to donate 50p via Pennies in support of The Monarch Foundation’s four charities, including Home-Start. Thanks to these donations Home-Start is able to improve the lives of thousands of adults and children Fay with her Home-Start familyacross the UK, lives like those of Michael and his family.

Michael is a 56 year old grandfather raising his three granddaughters on his own because of their mum’s heroin and alcohol dependency. He didn’t want to see his granddaughters end up in the care system so stepped in to help. Although an ex-forces man, nothing prepared Michael for raising a teenager and two children under five on his own. Thankfully, Home-Start volunteer Fay was there to help.

Fay visits Michael and the girls for just a couple of hours every week, but it made all the difference. Fay has become a trusted confidante for Michael’s teenage granddaughter while helping the younger girls with writing, reading and social skills. Being both a positive female role model and providing hands on support for Michael, Fay has been exactly the lifeline the family needed.

On average, it costs £1,200 to support a family for a year: Monarch and Cosmos customers have already raised twice that for Home-Start via Pennies. By clicking ‘donate’ next time you’re booking a weekend away or summer holiday with Monarch or Cosmos, you’ll be continuing this support and helping families like Michael’s.

Find out more about the people Home-Start help every day in the video below:


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