Coast & Country Cottages is helping to make a difference again this Christmas, sending a cheque for £500 to a charity instead of sending out hundreds of Christmas cards to property owners.
The locally based lettings agency, who recently won Best UK Self Catering Holiday Booking Company (small) in the prestigious 2015 British Travel Awards, has once again chosen to support Devon-based national children’s charity, CHICKS. This small, local charity provides respite breaks for over 1,300 children from disadvantaged backgrounds from all over the UK every year. These children would otherwise not receive a break and indeed many have never seen the sea or visited the countryside before their CHICKS holiday. With no government or local authority funding, CHICKS rely solely on the generosity of their supporters to raise the £1.7m a year required to make these breaks possible.
Andrew Jones, Coast & Country Cottages Director, explains “Our Property Owners have received our good wishes for the season with the gift of a 2016 Coast & Country Cottages calendar – a reminder of this beautiful area until the next time they visit. Rather than also send out hundreds of cards we are pleased to support the charity, CHICKS, in their important work.”
Continues Karen Jones, Director “We have supported CHICKS for the past two years as sponsors of The Delicious Dart Trail and through our charitable donations, but have also recently visited the Moorland Centre at Brentor and experienced first-hand the sheer joy and happiness that is a CHICKS retreat. The patience and enthusiasm of the team is incredible and the children have so much fun! It’s so sad to think that for many this may be their only experience of a holiday but fantastic that CHICKS support so many children”.
Andrew concludes “Following a very busy year at Coast & Country Cottages, including winning the British Travel Awards’ Best UK Self Catering Holiday Booking Company (small), for the second year in a row, we would like to take this opportunity to wish a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to everyone, in particular all the local businesses we work with throughout the year.”
Photograph: Coast & Country Cottages’ Karen Jones, Director, Tina Doyle, Assistant Marketing Manager and Elinor Jones, Seasonal Marketing Assistant, with some of the volunteers and children at the CHICKS Moorland Retreat.