A CHARITY which gives free holidays and respite breaks to families of children battling life-threatening illnesses has won a national award.
Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal won the ‘People’s Choice’ award at the Groundwork Community Awards on November 22.
The selfless cause was established after Pam Marshall, from Waterlooville, lost her 10-year-old daughter Hannah to Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2004.
Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal was among 30 finalists at the ceremony last week, held at the Houses of Paraliament, and was voted a winner through a public online vote.
It was also one of three finalists in the ‘best community group contribution to health and wellbeing’ category.
Mrs Marshall said: ‘It is so heart-warming that members of the public took time out to vote for us making this possible.
‘We met so many fantastic and inspirational community groups and individuals on the awards night.
‘The whole evening was a wonderful experience from start to finish, for us all.’
Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork, a charity, said: ‘I’d like to congratulate Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal on winning their award and wish them every success going forward in continuing to be a positive and inspiring voice and example for local people.’
Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal supports more than 120 families every year.