ABTA LifeLine is giving away 30 Christmas dinners to people in the travel industry who are going through hardship this time of year. Successful beneficiaries will be sent food vouchers to spend in their local supermarket to buy their special dinner.
Under a campaign entitled ‘Gift of Christmas’, the charity is calling on peers to spread the word and tell friends and colleagues in the travel industry about the support LifeLine can provide this season.
Current or former travel industry professionals can nominate themselves or someone else who is experiencing financial difficulty this year by filling out a Gift of Christmas application form. Applicants will need to upload supporting documents, photo ID and proof of having worked for an ABTA Member.
The charity is also urging everyone to consider donating to colleagues through LifeLine. By providing travel professionals with practical help – such as essential household appliances or covering priority bills such as rent or utilities – LifeLine tailors its support to meet the needs of peers in crisis.
ABTA LifeLine Director, Trudie Clements, said: “Christmas can be a time of real hardship and we are delighted that we will bring some relief to 30 families from all over the country. If you think a special dinner will help alleviate your current circumstances – or know someone for whom it will – please send us an application form.
“This is also a time for giving, so for those who can, please consider donating the cost of your favourite gingerbread latte, your Christmas cards or even your office Secret Santa to ABTA LifeLine. I’m sure those who would have received it would be happy to know this donation has gone to a really good cause.”