Are you unintentionally taking from a child with additional/complex needs or a serious illness

28 Jan

As a parent to a child with Aspergers Syndrome who writes about the condition and runs a support group, I’ve come to hear about a number of charitable organisations designed to assist the child with additional/complex needs or serious illness along with their families! One of these organisations is the ‘Family Fund’ an organisation that’s aim is to assist those families described above in way of providing them with grants to assist in a number of areas. This can be in a way of providing families with a means to purchase essentials, such as a washing machine to replace one that has broken, a contribution to a parents driving lessons to make getting about far easier, family fund even provide families with vouchers to enable them to enjoy a family break together in UK resorts such as Haven and Butlin’s holiday camps. Some families are even offered assistance to enable them to enjoy a trip aboard and this is done in way of providing the family with ‘Thomas Cook Holiday Vouchers’ known as the “Happy Holiday Vouchers” 

 However, lately it would seem that a certain number of families are accruing such assistance on false pretences. This is being achieved as it has come to light that a certain number of applicants are falsely obtaining Thomas Cook vouchers, only to sell them on for their own financial gain.

 Family fund has recently highlighted how huge a problem this is becoming as more and more reports are being given by the public, all stating that they have either been offered these vouchers to buy at a reduce price, of that of their overall value, or they have come across advertisements/ads on Facebook groups from members trying to sell this vouchers. 

 Family fund regrettably cannot help everybody that applies and due to the growing numbers of applications made on a yearly basis, its pretty common for the fund to offer an award much smaller than they would have liked to give. The families who are obtaining these vouchers for they own greedy need, are actually depriving families who could really benefit from such help. 

 Despite the difficult funding environment of today, the Family Fund continue to assist as many families as they possibly can with the added help of donations and fundraisers stepping in to offer their help. The Funds last annual review of 2010/2011 shows how the fund was able to help support some 56,700 families across the UK. Yet, we now have to ask ourselves, just how many applications were in fact genuine? 

 What is somewhat harder for me and many others, to understand, is the fact that those selling tickets online are actually families of a child with a serious illness or disability! These parents should know more than anyone how much these grants make a difference to those families applying. They are not only depriving their own child, but hundreds more, by gaining tickets given in good will, only to sell them to gain 100% profit. 

 Have you recently brought any of these tickets? Have you seen any “Thomas Cook Holiday Vouchers” known as the “Happy Holiday Vouchers” which clearly display the family fund logo, being sold on facebook groups or pages? Maybe you have seem them on local parenting pages or free ads like gum tree or even Ebay as displayed here

 I decided to blog about this today as I have many parenting bloggers on my reading list as well as twitter and facebook list. Like me many of these readers/followers use such forums and I am asking for you all to keep a watchful eye out for these vouchers.

 If you do see any, or have accidently obtained some, please contact the Family Fund on their Facebook Page and help stop the unlawful selling of these tickets and also the reissuing of these tickets to the families involved! Remember, members of the Family Fund can apply on a yearly basis, we need to stop the scum in their tracks!

 Thanks for reading 

Claire Louise

9 Responses to “Are you unintentionally taking from a child with additional/complex needs or a serious illness”

  1. mayo July 3, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    hello this is truely unbelivable, as parents of a disabled child i cannot belive they would do this, we have only just found out about these vouchers and would love to be awarded such life line break, we have not had a hoilday or break in 10 years and caring for my disabled son is so exhusting at times. i also do know of parents of disabled children raising charity money for their children then, spending the raised money on themselves and not the child in question, its heartless and makes me want to cry at times when i read such things, blessings to all those genuine parents out there that need a break !

  2. Mrs wilson June 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    OMG this is awful I can’t believe that family’s with serverly disabled children would do this .i my self have a disabled child and have received help from the family fund many times in fact this year I my self asked for happy holiday vouchers as we are not in a position to be able to take a trip out if the uk ourselves it disgusts me that anyone would miss use this beautiful charity in such a way as a money making scam I hope all the money grabbing scum are coughs and not allowed help in future I feel for their poor children what a gift they are missing out on thank you family fund I are amazing xxxxxxxx

  3. jenny witts February 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    i found another person selling their vouchers on ebay!! item number 180815340140, user name wendyspirit69, thought i would let you know, i tried sharing the link but it wouldnt let me

  4. pinkoddy January 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    I agree it’s absolutely disgusting. I was even afraid I shouldn’t be applying and were glad they came out and visited my son as I knew they thought that his Aspergers did warrant the funding. So to find perfectly healthy people are applying is just sick. Am just glad people are reporting back to the family fund about these sick people.

  5. Becky John (@becky0020) January 29, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    That is absolutely shocking, some people have no conscience or morals. We got the vouchers last summer and put them towards a holiday this summer to give us time to save up the balance. With things like this going on the Family Fund could decide to pull them all together which would have a huge impact on many families. We could not have afforded to go as a family without their assistance.
    Maybe they could bring something in where you have to book and pay the deposit first, then send them the paperwork so they know the vouchers are for a genuine holiday.

  6. clairelouise82 January 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Thanks hun, I appreciate you commenting and keeping an eye-out, i’m sure this fab charity will too. x

  7. Lilinha (@LilinhaAngel) January 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    I didn’t know the existence of the voucher until I read on here. I haven’t seen any around but I will keep an eye out just in case.
    I cannot believe people sell them, it is so sad and selfish! They were meant to be used for the benefit of their children, not parents pockets!
    I get quite angry when I read about situations like that! Hope they find a way to put a stop on it soon!

  8. clairelouise82 January 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    It is extremely sad isnt it! Its even sadder knowing that to obtain a grant they must have a child considered ill or disabled. I hope they cannot sleep at night

  9. Lou Mills-Watts January 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I feel saddened to hear this. As a former single mum of three, who definately struggled financially. with my eldest undiagnosed with Aspergers until 21 yrs old, I know we would have loved some sort of holiday/ help back then.
    It becomes increasingly difficult for families with a real need, to obtain help. It is mostly due to those “milking the system”, which makes the benefits agencies, almost anal in granting help to those who really need it.

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