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Charity Coach TripsHide

Over the year, many of our branches have travelled across the country taking their customers on coach trips to explore iconic cities. Here’s a rundown of what they got up to.

First up was our Consett branch. The staff and their lovely customers had a fantastic day in Whitby in September fundraising for Willowburn Hospice — a foundation close to everyone's hearts in the branch, and full of staff that are fantastic at what they do. The branch organised quizzes, games and raffles on board the coach to keep everyone entertained.

Team Consett were off on their travels again in December, this time on a festive trip to York’s Christmas markets, boosting funds for Willowburn Hospice even further reaching a grand total of £430.

Havant, who also took their customers on a mystery bus trip which ended in Brighton in September, successfully raised £630 for Rowans Hospice through kind donations and raffle tickets.

Team Wallsend has also been extremely busy lately, with three day trips in the space of three weeks, all to raise money for The Charlie Bear Cancer Appeal.

The team took customers to Edinburgh, Grassington Festival and York, together raising over £1500. After some sightseeing, they visited each town’s Christmas market to do a spot of shopping, held a raffle, and organised on-board bingo for everyone to enjoy.

Peterlee travelled to Leeds alongside their customers, raising funds for Epilepsy Research UK in aid of a young boy, Ollie, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy — migrating epilepsy in infancy, with only 100 cases in the world. The branch successfully raised an amazing £633 for the charity.

Blandford recently organised a festive trip to Bath to enjoy the Christmas market all in aid of Teddy 20 — a charity based in Blandford, supporting children suffering with cancer. On arrival, everyone headed straight to explore the markets where over 170 chalets, packed full of Christmas gifts, lined the streets.

The team organised a raffle for the trip home, with two Christmas Hampers and a £100 Hays Travel voucher up for grabs, After an amazing day, the staff had raised a total of £500 for Teddy20.

Carrying on with the festivities, Gateshead took their customers for some retail therapy with a shopping trip to the Trafford Centre in Manchester to raise funds for Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre, which provides space, services and activities for the local community. Overall, Team Gateshead managed to raise a fantastic £500 for the Millennium Centre.

Well done to the above branches for their fundraising efforts. All together they raised over £4400 for their chosen charities!

Posted: 18/12/2015

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Skydiving for CharityShow

Three brave, Hays Travel employees took part in sponsored skydives to raise money for two separate charities in south-west England.

Hays Travel Boscombe�??s branch manager, Joe Field, and apprentice travel consultant, Chariece Jones, raised a fantastic £530 for the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital in Dorset. They took part in separate skydives on 10 October.

Joe said: �??It was a great experience. I was originally not going to get the company involved, but I was delighted when we made it a fundraising event and Chariece decided to take part!�?�

Hays Travel Boscombe�??s chosen charity also owns and runs a hotel in Bournemouth for patients that are in the final stages of life. It offers a welcome retreat for those who need it.

Tom Holland, senior travel consultant at Hays Travel Westbourne, raised £320 for the Lewis-Manning Hospice after skydiving 15,000 feet on 6 September. He completed the tandem skydive in front of anxious colleagues following an hour-long training session.

Tom said: �??I�??d always wanted to skydive, although everyone at the branch thought I was mad! I�??m very happy with the amount raised and all the customer donations we received.�?�

This is the first time Hays Travel Westbourne has supported Lewis-Manning Hospice, although the branch is currently planning a team event to further support the cause. Tom is also hoping to participate in another extreme activity in aid of the charity next year.

Poole�??s Lewis-Manning Hospice offers free, specialist, palliative care to approximately 700 local people every year.

Everyone at Hays Travel is extremely proud of all three skydivers.

Posted: 27/10/2015

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Middlesbrough branch support autism charityShow

Kelly and the team from Middlesbrough sponsored a coach for a local charity �?? MAIN �?? Taking Autism Personally. The charity supports children, teens and young adults with autism. The Middlesbrough team took families and members of staff from MAIN to Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo.

Kelly said: �??Before the trip I prepared bags for everyone on the coach and worked with a lady from the charity to compile goody bags- these included balloons, pens, privilege cards, currency wallets, business cards, sweets, drinks and wristbands advertising MAIN.

�??One of the main obstacles that people with autism face is communication, and socialising with others. We travelled by coach to Flamingo Land, taking about an hour and a half, so I spent this time mingling with the children and teens on the bus, talking to them about their interests and what they were looking forward to in the day, hoping to build trust and get them to open up.

�??Once in the park we spent time watching the children go on the rides and visit the zoo. Seeing them so happy, their faces alight with excitement, was priceless, and worth every penny spent on the cost of the coach.

�??On the return journey every single person thanked me and told of how grateful they were, even some of the children who appeared really shy on the way there. I feel like we have built a fantastic relationship with this charity and hopefully this will continue to grow and we can continue to support them over the coming months and years.

�??Autism is something very close to my heart as my little godson was diagnosed recently. I have done a lot of research into the condition, read a lot of books and I�??m amazed at what these people endure and have to deal with every day.�?�

Posted: 16/04/2015

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Amanda takes the sea by stormShow

Amanda Wrathmall, Forex Operations Administrator, took part in the annual Sunderland Boxing Day Dip. Amanda, along with 7 friends, including her 12 year old son, dressed as storm troopers and raced into the icy North Sea.

The group managed to raise over £700 for MacMillan Cancer, a cause close to Amanda�??s heart. Amanda said: �??The event was great fun and something that I had always stupidly wanted to do!! My son couldn�??t believe how cold it was!�?�

Posted: 16/04/2015

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Bath Travel fund raising for Ryan EdwardsShow

During 2014, many Bath Travel branches helped to raise a whopping £1949.68 for the Ryan Edwards Appeal for Neuroblastoma Children�??s Cancer Alliance Charity. This massive amount of money was raised through Bath Travel branches collecting old, new and unwanted currency notes and coins before converting them into sterling.

Assistant Manager at Bath Travel Exeter, Jackie Chalk holds this cause particularly close to her heart, as she is Ryan�??s aunty.

At the age of 2, Ryan was diagnosed with a rare children�??s cancer, Neuroblastoma, he went on to have two rounds of treatment, but sadly relapsed. With no further treatment available in the UK, the only solution was for Ryan to go to Germany and undergo a Stem Cell Transplant, using cells donated from his mum.

With the support of the NCCA Charity, Ryan got the treatment and thanks to fund raising and generous donations, a massive £260, 000 was raised to cover the costs of Ryan�??s treatments.

Thankfully, Ryan is now cured, he is 8 years old and almost in school full time, which he absolutely loves!

Jackie would like to thank everyone involved and give a special thank you to Rachel Dunn, from Bath Travel Exeter, for setting up and co-coordinating the fundraising idea.

Below Bath Travel, Exeter, present cheque to Jackie Chalk, Ryan�??s Auntie. From left to right, Rachel Dunn, Andrew Reed, Leanne Lethbridge, Jenny Smith and Jackie Chalk.

Posted: 16/04/2015

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Chapletown take to the catwalkShow

Hays Travel, Chapletown organised a fashion show, in conjunction with Hallam FM in a local sports club. The tickets were priced at £5, and over 85 were sold. The branch organised a raffle, with prizes donated from local businesses.

In total, £637 was raised for Cash for Kids, which supports underprivileged children and the night was a huge success.

Posted: 16/04/2015

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Imogen's WishShow

Hays Travel, Peterlee organised a coach trip to Leeds to raise money for Imogens Wish. Imogens Wish is a fund set up to support Imogen, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, her wish is to walk unassisted and lead a relatively pain free life.

The two coaches took groups of people to Leeds, they enjoyed onboard entertainment, such as quizzes, bingo, and guess the name of the teddy. This coach trip raised £1200, which has gone towards Imogen�??s post operation physiotherapy.


You can see the staff at Peterlee presenting Imogen the cheque, Imogen enjoyed her trip to the branch and was over the moon with the Mickey Mouse books she received.

Posted: 16/04/2015

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Sky Dive for Dream-A-WayShow

Eleven members of staff from Bath Travel Sidmouth, Budleigh Salteron, Teignmouth, Torquay, Newton Abbot and Honiton are gearing up to plunge 15,000ft from a plane.

The jump will take place on Saturday the 25th of April, at Dunkeswell Airfrield. The staff are hoping to raise a significant amount for the Dream-A-Way charity which is an Exeter based Charity which sends people on wonderful days out and on their dream holidays.

For one of the group this poses as a particularly daunting challenge, Rebecca Hancock, of Bath Travel Honiton only boarded her first flight in December, so its quite extreme going from a first time flyer to first time sky diver!

If you would like to donate please contact the branches or visit their justgiving pages

Posted: 16/04/2015

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Stanley attend charity ballShow

Hays Travel, Stanley donated a £100 holiday voucher to a charity ball at Derwent Manor.

The charity ball was held to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance, in memory of Derek Heslop, who tragically passed away after an accident at work. Derek�??s family wanted to give something back to the Great North Ambulances to show their gratitude for the help they received. Natalie Cottom, Assistant Manager attended the event. It was a successful night, in total, the event raised over £5000 for the charity.

Posted: 16/04/2015

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Spennymoor Easter Egg CompetitonShow

Spennymoor sponsored the local school. Ox Close Easter Egg competition. Here are the kids with their eggs.

Posted: 13/06/2014

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Birtley branch help local goodie bagShow

The Birtley branch donated holiday vouchers to the raffle at Birtley Athletics Club�??s Junior Challenge event, as well as attending and distributing goodie bags to the youngsters. 150 children took part and the club were able to offer the event free of charge due to the support of local business like Hays. The raffle itself raised over £200.

Posted: 13/06/2014

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Hougthon Beer FestivalShow

The Houghton branch supported their local beer festival, wearing t-shirts in the shop and attending the event. The whole event raised £6000 to be split between 2 local charities.

Posted: 13/06/2014

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HR team zipping from Wearmouth BridgeShow

Deborah Farmer, Helen Liddle and Claire Smith from the HR department are doing a Zip Wire from the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland on 3rd May 2014 to raise money for the Grace House Appeal.

Helen said: �??We are �??zipping�?? between 9.30 and 10.30am if anyone wants to show their support or have a laugh at our expense!�?�

Posted: 09/04/2014

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Fundraising hat-trickShow

Hays Travel has donated a £200 voucher to a charity night in aid of three poorly youngsters. The event at the Stadium of Light on August 2nd has been organised to raise money and highlight three different causes. They are Team George, the Bubble Foundation in aid of Finlay Kennedy and Bradley Lowery�??s Fight.

Team George was set up to raise money to send four-year-old George Bertie Johnson to America, in the hope of diagnosing a gastro condition which means the youngster�??s digestive system doesn�??t work, and he has to be fed through his heart.

The Bubble Foundation, which is based at the Great North Children�??s Hospital, at the RVI, Newcastle, conducts research into immunology. Its ongoing investigations have proved vital in helping two-year-old Finlay, who has an undiagnosed condition and has to have blood infusions to boost his immune system at home, every week.

Bradley Lowery�??s Fight was set up to raise £500,000 to send two-year-old Bradley, who has the form of cancer neuroblastoma, to America for relapse treatment which is not available in the UK.

The fundraiser has been organised by Sunderland Echo reporter, Monica Turnbull.

Tickets for the charity event cost £25. Price includes a drinks reception, three course meal, silent auction, raffle and entertainment from X Factor contestant, Carolynne Poole. Prizes include the Hays holiday voucher as well as a bathroom suite and fitting, meal for six people cooked by a private chef, jewellery from Collinson�??s Jewellers, signed Sunderland AFC merchandise and signed memorabilia from former England cricket player Tim Bresnan. There are also shopping vouchers, a hamper from Juniper�??s Pantry and four cinema passes for Empire Cinemas Sunderland. A photo booth will be open on the night, and all money made from the photographs will be donated to the charities. If anyone would like to get involved, make a donation or buy tickets, visit www.bradleylowerysfight.org.uk/store. Alternatively, email monicaturnbull@hotmail.co.uk or call 07841 875 057.

Posted: 09/04/2014

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Fulwell branch help raise money for new goalposts at their local schoolShow

The Fulwell branch has been helping to raise money for new goalposts at their local school, Seaburn Dene Primary. The branch donated the top raffle prize of a family tour of the Stadium of Light. Adam in Year 3 won the prize! Here are the children on the fundraising day.

Posted: 09/04/2014

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Chapeltown branch sponsor local football stripsShow

The Chapeltown branch has sponsored new football strips for boys and girls at Ecclesfield School. The kit will be worn by the Year 7 teams, and has already proved to be a good luck omen as the Year 7 Boys won their first fixture in the new shirts �?? 5-0 against Bradfield School. Hopefully the kit remains a lucky one, as the boys look to complete the double by winning the league and the Sheffield Cup. Rebecca Holt from the branch said: �??It�??s great to be able to give something back to the community. This builds on the work we have already done with the school by sponsoring awards. We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship and looking into other ways in which we can help.�?� The school�??s Business and Community Engagement Manager, Sean Hollingworth, said: �??It�??s fantastic that Hays Travel has been able to work with the school by donating prizes and equipment. We are very grateful for their generosity.�?�

Posted: 09/04/2014

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Sunderland AFC Keroche KenyaShow

Hays Travel has become a main sponsor of Sunderland AFC Keroche in Kenya �?? �??The Black Panthers�??.

The Panthers are a football team in Kenya who play in a league and also run children�??s academies. Their president, Gary Lamb, is a lifelong Sunderland fan from Seaham and 1973 FA Cup legend, Micky Horswill, is the club ambassador. Here are some pics of the team�?�

Posted: 05/02/2014

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Head Office Dress Down Friday Raises £170!Show

Here is our Training Apprentice, Elise (on the right), presenting a cheque for £170 to Elizabeth from the charity, Headways, to whom our Dress Down Friday collection money has been donated. Headways is a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. For more information about the work they do click here - https://www.headway.org.uk/about-us.aspx

Posted: 05/02/2014

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Washington branch raise £115 for local charityShow

The Washington branch held a raffle for their chosen charity, the Princess Zara�??s Getaway fund, with the winner receiving a Christmas hamper. The winner, Sue Enright, is pictured here with Vikki from the branch. The raffle made £115 for the charity, which is aiming to raise £150,000 to pay for a luxury lodge at Hagaston Castle, which children undergoing treatment for primitive neuroectodermal tumours can visit.

Posted: 05/02/2014

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Wallsend branch raise money for the Charlie Bear Cancer AppealShow

Wallsend branch spent 2013 raising money for the Charlie Bear Cancer Appeal, which helps to purchase equipment for Cancer suffers in the North East. Manager, Darren, said: �??I feel incredibly proud of each and every one of my staff. They have all been involved in many events throughout the year, from cakes sales and raffles to coach trips and leg waxing, and together we have raised over £1000 towards the appeal.�?� Pauline Buglass, Head of Fundraising for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity said: �??Thank you to Hays Travel staff and customers for their enthusiastic support over the last twelve months for the Charlie Bear for Cancer Care Fund based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Charlie Bear helps to provide additional patient comforts and equipment enhancing the environment for North East Cancer patients.�?� For more information on Charlie Bear Cancer Appeal visit www.charliebearappeal.org.

Posted: 08/01/2014

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Amanda braves the North Sea this Christmas…Show

Amanda Wrathmall, from the Foreign Exchange Helpdesk team in head office, took part in the �??Boxing Day Dip�?? and raised over £700 for Macmillan Cancer. Amanda chose to raise money for the charity as she has family members who have been affected by Cancer and have been provided with support from the Macmillan group.

Amanda took part in the fundraising event in 2012 for the same cause and will be taking part again in 2014, this time with her son, who will be old enough to join in. Amanda said that it is something she had wanted to do for many years but finally built up the courage last year and is not looking back! Despite the freezing cold North Sea, Amanda went for it and dunked herself right into the water rather than just paddling! Amanda and friends were the first in line at the parade which was lead by the Mayor of Sunderland and had claim to fame by featuring on the BBC news coverage!

Well done Amanda!

Posted: 08/01/2014

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Ashington branch raise £400 on a charity walkShow

Ashington branch raised £400 on the Eve Anderson charity walk, with all seven members of the team joining in and Rob dressed as Father Christmas! Sharon said: �??Rob was surrounded by all the children on the walk, who were wanting to know where his reindeer were and telling him whether they had been naughty or good!At the end Rob handed out selection boxes to the children who had finished the walk. Greggs had supplied refreshments for the walkers and also a carol singer. At the end of the day, Carly, who had organised the event, gave a very heart warming speech about Hays Travel, thanking us for giving up our time - and for inviting Father Christmas along even though he had such a busy timetable! We all went rather pink when the walkers applauded our efforts. It was fab getting involved with the community of Ashington and a good day was had by all.�?�

Posted: 08/01/2014

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Birtley sponsor their first International AthleteShow

Birtley branch has been one of the main sponsors of Birtley Athletic for the past few years now and were so proud to be able to sponsor their first International Athlete, Lydia Turner, who was selected to join Team GB for a competition in Belgrade. Karen went along to the club to present a cheque for £200 and to meet Lydia and the other young athletes. Birtley helped pay for Lydia�??s coach and mother to join her in Belgrade where they won gold! Karen said: �??We are so proud of Lydia and look forward to seeing even more successful athletes come out of Birtley Athletic!�?�

Posted: 08/01/2014

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Chapeltown donate Christmas Hamper to local care homeShow

Chapeltown also donated a Christmas hamper and baked cakes for the Christmas fayre at Birch Avenue care home for people with Alzheimers and Dementia. Kelly and Amy from the branch attended the event. Well done Chapeltown!

Posted: 08/01/2014

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Chapeltown raise money for Cash For KidsShow

Chapeltown held a wine and mince pie day in December to raise money for the Cash for Kids appeal, run by Hallam FM radio station, which aimed to ensure that every child in the area could wake up with a present on Christmas morning. The branch invited all of their customers along and held a raffle to raise money. Here are the team pictured with bags full of donated presents.

Posted: 08/01/2014

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Houghton branch help with local school' s Christmas FayreShow

Houghton branch donated a gift voucher for the raffle at Bernard Gilpin Primary School�??s Christmas fayre. Vanessa went along on the day to present the voucher and is pictured here with excited staff and children from the school.

Posted: 08/01/2014

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Washington branch help raise money for local football teamShow

Julia from the Washington branch completed a sponsored walk with Washington Junior Pumas Football team to help raise money for the boys to play in a tournament in Holland next year. The branch paid for the Hays Travel logo to be printed on the strips which were worn for the walk and also sponsored the boys £100. Here�??s Julia with the team.

Posted: 05/12/2013

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Shildon branch sponsored the Young People’s Awards Show

The Shildon branch sponsored the Young People�??s Awards on the 13th November at Shildon Civic Hall. The event is organised to thank young people from the Shildon area for their contribution to society. Shildon�??s manager, Rachel, said: �??Day after day young people make a contribution to our society and quite often it goes unnoticed, so the award ceremony is to say thank you and award these young people. The night was a very special event. 200 people attended and there were six awards with all schools in Shildon involved - the award winners receiving a glass trophy engraved with the Hays logo. All the branch staff attended and as well as enjoying the entertainment and mingling with pupils and their parents, we gave out goodie bags which included promotional material and offer flyers. We then presented the Young People�??s Choice Award. Since the award evening we have had customers in who do not normally book with us but saw us at the awards so we feel the evening was a huge success.�?�

Well done Shildon.

Posted: 05/12/2013

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Pickering sponsor a family firework extravaganzaShow

The Pickering branch sponsored a family firework extravaganza at Norton College this November, which helped to raise money for the local Hope Centre. Pictured here are Nick Abbey and Nicola Barr with Andy Boxall from the charity.

Posted: 05/12/2013

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Shildon raise £360 for charity by walking on fire!Show

Elaine from the Shildon branch has taken part in a �??Fire Walk�?? to raise money for the branch�??s sponsored charity, Butterwick Hospice. The rest of the team attended the event at Hardwick Hall on Friday 8th November to cheer Elaine along. After a two hour motivational talk, Elaine walked along 20 foot of hot coals, which reached a temperature of 1200 degrees! Elaine raised £360 for the charity by walking on fire! Well done Elaine.

Posted: 05/12/2013

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Sedgefield branch sponsored the annual fundraising event for the Ellen Timney FoundationShow

Sedgefield branch sponsored the annual fundraising event for the Ellen Timney Foundation. Over 220 people attended the black tie event at Hardwick Hall Hotel, where they enjoyed a three course meal, dancing, an auction and an open envelope draw, for which Hays Travel was the main sponsor. The event raised an impressive £8000. The branch also supported a golf tournament in the summer which raised £7500 for the same charity, which means that they can continue to support sick and underprivileged children in the north east. The foundation has a Facebook page which you can �??like�?? to help spread awareness.

Posted: 05/12/2013

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Spennymoor help a primary school set up their own ‘travel agency’Show

Spennymoor also had a visit from pupils of Dean Bank School in Ferryhill, who are setting up their own �??travel agency�?? and wanted to come and visit the branch to see how a real one works. They were shown around the office and got to see how a holiday is booked and what a bureau de change is like, before the chance for a Q&A with staff. They all went away with a Hays bag full of brochures that they can use in their school agency. In total there was around 50 children that came into the office in groups of 10. Here is Lorraine with some of the children.

Posted: 24/10/2013

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Sedgefield, Durham and Chester sponsor a local girls football teamShow

Sedgefield, Durham and Chester branches all contributed to the sponsorship of strips for the under 12�?�s all girls football team, The Cestria Girls. The team play across the north east and are yet to be defeated�?� Haway the lasses!

Posted: 24/10/2013

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Peterlee arrange York trip for the locals & raise £750 for charity!Show

Peterlee arranged a coach trip to York for the Food and Drink Festival. Helen organised the coach through Durham City Coaches and after advertising it in the shop window and ringing around regulars it was filled very quickly. Local companies donated raffle prizes including day trips and meal vouchers. Once on board the girls arranged the raffle, a �??name the teddy�?? bingo and even a quiz. Overall they managed to raise £750 for the Bradley Lowery Trust Fund. helen said: �??All the staff worked really hard to make this event happen and we are very proud of the amount we have managed to raise for such a worthy cause!�?�

Posted: 24/10/2013

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Spennymoor help their local girl guides raise £600Show

The Spennymoor branch went along to help out their local Brownies, Guides and Rainbows to raise funds for their Summer Camping Trip, as some of the children did not have the money to go and new tents were needed.There was a Hays Travel tombola stall, raising over £70, plus the branch donated a £25 voucher for the raffle. In total, £600 was raised, which meant that all the children could go on the camping trip and they could buy a good few new tents.

Posted: 24/10/2013

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Ashington raise money for local girl with a sponsored sky dive!Show

The Ashington branch has been raising money for 10 year old, Eve Anderson, a little girl in the local area suffering from Locked In Syndrome.

Sharon said: �??After hearing Eve�??s story, which also featured on the TV programme, This Morning, we decided that we really wanted to help the family out by raising as much cash as possible. The team got together and we came up with some ideas, which included a book sale, Sarah�??s sponsored skydive and a mystery bus trip to Edinburgh. For this, we asked local businesses for donations and vouchers that we could include as raffle prizes on the bus. We also played domino cards, had a quiz, a game of bingo and a brownie bake sale. Not only did this prove to be a great day out for all of us (mainly because the OAP�??s decided it was �??gin o�??clock�?� at 10:30am!) but it also proved to be a huge success, raising £1200 for the charity.�?�

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Spennymoor branch support their local school's 100% attendance awardsShow

Spennymoor branch went along to the �??100% attendance awards�?? at their adopted school, Ox Close. This year 20 children at the school had 100% attendance and each child was given a £5 voucher plus a certificate of achievement.

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Sunderland branch sponsor the Headway Wearside Brain Injury Association Summer BBQShow

The Sunderland branch sponsored the Headway Wearside Brain Injury Association Summer BBQ. Headway Wearside is a charity which aims to support brain injury survivors and their families by means of social activities, days out and essential information in order to improve the quality of lives.

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Houghton branch sponsor their local Ladies Open Golf EventShow

The Houghton branch sponsored their local Ladies Open Golf Event with Harriet and Ainsley attending on the day. The girls were there with a Hays banner at the first tee and then for the presentation afterwards.

Debbie said: �??We have a great rapport with the golf club and the event was a great success as we have had a lot of bookings from the golf club. They really appreciate our support and we will be sending over regular offers for their notice board.�?�

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Billingham support charity football teamShow

Billingham has this year supported the �??Jo & Mya Memorial Fund�??, sponsoring a charity football team who played against the �??Once Upon a Smile�?? charity team, which consisted of soap stars from both Waterloo Road and Emmerdale. The match took place in Billingham at the Synthonia football ground on Sunday 28th July and sold over 750 tickets, with a further 1500 at the entrance gate.

Ray said: �??It was a great day and all the team from the Billingham branch attended.

�??The memorial fund for Jo & Mya was set up after a tragic accident. One day in summer 2010, Ian Richardson, his wife Joanne and two daughters, Mya and Ava, were travelling back from a family wedding in Scotland when just 30 miles from their home in Teesside their family car was hit head on by another motorist heading the wrong way on the A1. Joanne was killed instantly, Ian and Mya sustained massive injuries, whilst Ava remarkably escaped unscathed. Mya sadly died in her father�??s arms in hospital 16 hours later. Ian has since set up this charity with every penny raised going directly to help children in need. We at Billingham were proud to be part of this and could not have done it without Hays Travel�??s commitment to looking after the local community.�?�

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Pickering branch help create activity areas for local residentsShow

The Pickering branch has sponsored the Newbridge Park Project, where they are renovating a disused quarry and woodland space in Pickering to create activity areas for local residents. So far they have built Pickering�??s only mountain bike skills park and cross-country track, launched a relaxing woodland family picnic area and made footpath improvements for walkers. This has all been made possible by committed local volunteers and fundraising by local businesses, as well as Sport England and Yorkshire Forward. Pictured here are Sam, Nick, Megan and Katherine with the Newbridge Park team.

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Wallsend branch raise money for the Charlie Bear Cancer AppealShow

The Wallsend branch held a sponsored wax to raise money for the Charlie Bear Cancer Appeal which raised almost £300. The branch have a target to raise £1000 for the charty by the end of the year. Here are Brain and Nathan enduring a waxing for a good cause!

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Stanley branch donate £150 to Athletic Club to purchase new equipmentShow

Stanley branch has donated £150 to Stanley Athletic Club so that they can purchase new equipment.

The club helps children in the Derwentside area who are disabled or have learning difficulties to enjoy athletics. Cassie from the Stanley branch used to coach there which is why they chose to get involved.

Here is Cassie with the club organisers.

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Sedgefield branch sponsor a presentation evening for Community Sports CollegeShow

300 guests gathered at Hardwick Hall Hotel for the 15th annual Sedgefield Community Sports College presentation evening sponsored by Hays Travel.

The evening was attended by Sedgefield manager, Julie Ann, as well as foreign exchange sales consultant, Sharon Clark. Special guest speaker at the event was paralympian, Stephen Miller, who boasts three Paralympic gold medals, a silver and a bronze, having climbed the podium at every Games since 1996. Stephen is also a three-time world and European champion and former world record holder and also won the club throwing gold at the 2012 European Championships.

All monies raised during the evening by a raffle and sports memorabilia auction were donated to the North East Sunshine Fund of which Stephen is the VIP patron. The evening concluded with the awards for Hays Travel Sports Personality of the Year 2013 to Miss Rebecca Hocke and Mr Calum Johnston.

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Houghton branch support their local beer festival Show

The Houghton branch has supported the local beer festival for the second year running, selling tickets and sponsoring a barrell of beer! The Hays logo was emblazoned on all of the tickets as well as the festival website. Branch manager, Debbie, went along to the event and is pictured here, beer in hand!

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Crook branch support their local primary school's Easter CompetitionShow

The Crook branch attended their local primary school�??s Easter competition this year, presenting these Easter eggs to the winning children.

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Birtley branch sponsor a ‘Hays Travel Trophy’ for the Birtley Athletic ClubShow

The Birtley branch has sponsored a �??Hays Travel Trophy�?? for the Birtley Athletic Club, where Karen and Lisa recently attended a presentation evening. There were over 200 people at the event and the team has already had a number of bookings and enquiries off the back of it. Well done Birtley!

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Team HT complete Race for LifeShow

Congratulations to everyone who completed the Race for Life at Herrington Park on May 19th. The weather wasn�??t great, however, with a bit of team spirit and friendly competition the whole Hays team managed to complete the 5k race in 50 minutes or less. Well done!

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Birtley help raise £800 from Macmillan!Show

The Birtley branch attended a Macmillan Cancer Support charity event and donated £100 for the carers to buy Easter eggs for children taking part in a �??Danceathon�??. Holly and Emma from the shop attended the event, watched the dancing and handed out certificates, balloons and other goodies. Altogether the event raised more than £800 for the charity. Well done Birtley!

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Seaham branch help raise money for CoCoShow

The Seaham branch donated a £50 voucher for the raffle at a fundraising event for childrens�?? charity, CoCo. The event was organised to raise money for Ben Lawson, who is due to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the charity in June this year. Ben raised over £600 on the night. he is pictured here with Kayleigh and Gabrielle from the Seaham shop.

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Spennymoor host Easter egg competition at local schoolShow

The Spennymoor branch sponsor the Easter egg competition at Oxclose School every year. Clare and Lorraine went along to choose the winners. Clare said: �??The children love this every year and get very excited. Lorraine and I presented the winning children with their eggs at their morning assemble and had a sing along with them all.�?�

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Chapeltown branch donated a £50 voucher to Junior School’s Easter raffleShow

The Chapeltown branch donated a £50 voucher to Lound Junior School�??s Easter raffle. Here is a picture of Tracy Dodds with the raffle winner.

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Darlington branch raise £500 through a mystery coach tripShow

The Darlington branch organised a mystery coach trip to raise money for the charity, ME North East. 48 people attended the shopping trip to York, which raised £500 through ticket sales as well as the quiz and raffle held onboard the bus.

The team chose this charity after learning about local youngster, Evie Dore, a ten year old who suffers from myalgic encephalopathy, or ME, which causes symptoms including tiredness and painful joints and means she can only attend school for half-hour periods.

Evie�??s mother, Rachel, said: �??I am totally overwhelmed by the companies that donated the raffle prizes, everyone on the trip and of course to Hays Travel, the manager Nichola and her staff.

�??Evie wasn�??t well enough to go but met us when we returned and gave Nichola some flowers. Evie herself was so grateful to everyone on the trip and for their generosity to support this new group. People like this are so thoughtful.�?�

Posted: 21/10/2013

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Spennymoor branch help boy's football team go to the Camp Nou!Show

The Spennymoor branch has been helping their local under 9�?�s football team raise funds for a trip to Barcelona. They donated a £100 voucher as a raffle prize at a Sportsman�??s Dinner the team had organised.

Byers Green Haze Under 9�?�s Football Team play in the Russell Foster Premier League and are raising money so that they can travel to Barcelona and visit the famous, Camp Nou, home ground of Barcelona FC. They will also be organising football matches with local Spanish football teams of the same age.

Here�??s Gemma and Clare from the Spennymoor branch with the team. They will be arranging the team�??s travel to Barcelona when they have raised enough money for the trip.

Posted: 18/10/2013

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Houghton branch help local care homeShow

The Houghton branch have been helping their local care home to raise extra funds so that residents can get more days out.

Beauley Lodge Care Home organised a fundraising event on March 27th at Dubmire Social Club in Houghton, where there was bingo, a raffle, pie and pea supper, as well as local musicians performing throughout the night.

Hays Travel staff donated a £30 voucher for the raffle. Manager, Debbie, is pictured here with care home manager, Irene, and two of the residents.

Posted: 18/10/2013

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Pickering raise money for the Yorkshire Air AmbulanceShow

The Pickering branch attended a charity fashion show to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The team donated a £50 voucher, helping the event to raise over £500 in total. Here is the team with the event organiser.

Posted: 18/10/2013

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Washington branch find an eggcellent way to promote Every School Day CountsShow

The Washington branch split into teams to come up with ideas to increase business through community partnership. Zara, Helen and Julia worked together and came up with the idea of holding an Easter egg competition at local school, Rickleton Primary.

63 reception class children took part in the competition to design their own eggs. Zara and Helen went along to the school on the day to judge and announce the winners. Whilst there they chatted with parents to explain their involvement with the school and promote our Every School Day Counts scheme.

Every child received a Hays Travel goody bag which contained an Easter egg, Hays Travel school voucher and a selection of offers for this year�??s school holidays.

The team bought prizes for the winners, including this Hays emblazoned Thornton�??s egg!

Posted: 18/10/2013

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Darlington branch attended a Race Night to raise moneyShow

The Darlington branch attended a Race Night to raise money so that disadvantaged children can go on an educational trip to Kenya. Darlington branch sponsored the event and all attended, donating a voucher for the raffle and sponsoring a race. Branch manager, Nicola Metcalfe, said: �??The event raised a massive £2750 and was a great night!�?� Here are the Darlington team at the event.

Posted: 18/10/2013

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Chapeltown raise over £500 for children's hospitalShow

Lewis and Amy from the Chapeltown branch recently handed over a cheque for £501 to Sheffield Children's Hospital.

They raised the money by organising a coach trip to a Christmas market and selling tickets for it, as well as running a raffle, games and quiz on the coach.

Posted: 18/01/2013

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Wallsend branch help fill Santa's sackShow

The Wallsend branch donated presents to the Great North Children's Hospital this Christmas, using their community partnership budget as well as donations from customers.

Branch manager, Darren, said: "It is not very nice being in hospital, let alone over the festive period. We always like to help lighten up the children's faces by delivering presents to them during their stay in hospital."

Darren and the staff at Wallsend have been doing this for six years now. He is pictured here with Aree Saint, also from the Wallsend branch, and staff from the Great North Children's Hospital.

Posted: 18/01/2013

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South Shields staff don dancing shoes in aid of charityShow

The South Shields branch organised a line dancing night at Brinkburn School to raise cash for the South Tyneside branch of the Alzheimer's Society.

There was bingo and a raffle, raising 478 pounds for the charity, as well as cowboy boots and fancy footwork aplenty.

Retired Hays area manager, Pam Gowens, helped organise the event. The charity is close to Pam's heart as her husband was diagnosed with the condition nine years ago. Pam said: "Since my husband was diagnosed,the charity has been really supportive. It is such a good cause, and I'm grateful to the girls at Hays Travel. They have been fabulous."

Posted: 18/01/2013

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Horwich branch hold competition for local school childrenShow

The Horwich team recently ran a competition in conjunction with their adopted school,Rivington and Blackrod High School, whereby Year 9 students were challenged to produce a piece of work showing how tourism might change in the future.

Branch manager, Emma Woodcock, presented prizes to the winning students. First prize was a kindle, second prize was cinema tickets and third prize, an HMV voucher.

Posted: 18/01/2013

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Training team get thumbs up from OfstedShow

Congratulations to everyone within the Training Department for impressing the Ofsted
inspectors on their recent visit. The official report is now in and Hays Travel's in-house
apprenticeship provision has been awarded a 'Good - Grade 2' for its 'overall
effectiveness' with 'outcomes for learners' reported as 'Outstanding - Grade 1'.

The official inspecting body said that our apprentices, "develop outstanding
skills and knowledge and have excellent career progression and promotion
opportunities within Hays Travel."

The announcement comes less than a month after the training team
celebrated success at the regional finals of the National Training and
Apprenticeship Awards, and after only one full year as a standalone training
provider.

Head of Training, Katie Woods-Ruddick, said: "Having an external body like Ofsted come in
and review what we do has been a fantastic opportunity to gain invaluable feedback
with regard to how we can improve, and also for us to receive the recognition that
I believe the team here deserve.

"As a training team we strive to ensure that those who we deliver training to
find it worthwhile. We are dedicated to supporting our staff and to helping each and
every individual within the company achieve their personal goals.

"Receiving such positive feedback from Ofsted has made me very proud indeed."

The official Ofsted report went on to say: "Outcomes for apprentices at Hays Travel
are outstanding. Overall apprenticeship success rates are very high and significantly
above national averages. Apprentices make very good progress towards achieving
their qualifications and the very large majority achieve well in advance of their agreed
deadlines.

"Trainer assessors use their extensive expertise and experience to contextualise
training, learning and assessment making this highly relevant to apprentices and the
travel industry."

John Hays said: "I am absolutely delighted with the feedback we have received from Ofsted.
After only one full year as a standalone training provider I think that this is an amazing success
for our training department and our apprenticeship scheme in particular.

"I am very proud of everyone in the training department, where they work
exceptionally hard to ensure that our staff get first class support and training."

Posted: 08/11/2012

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Jarrow help paralympic hero get well deserved breakShow

The team at Jarrow have helped paralympic hero, Josef Craig, to get his first holiday in four years.

15 year-old Josef won gold in the 400m swimming freestyle event at the Paralympics in September this year, breaking two world records. Following months of training leading up to the London games, Josef, who has cerebral palsy, is now set to enjoy a well-earned break after the team at Jarrow donated 200 pounds to his holiday fund.

HAYS Travel, the UK's largest independent travel agent, and World Travel Holdings, the world's largest cruise agent, have signed a multi-million pound partnership.

World Travel Holdings will manage and develop all of Hays' current cruise business outside of the Hays Travel Independence Group, including the Hays cruise website, cruise call centre and cruise representation in the company's 43 high street shops.
James Cole will lead WTH (UK) Ltd and also the cruise division of Hays Travel.

The partnership also includes a joint venture which will see the launch of a new and exciting long haul tour operator, SixStarHolidays.co.uk, to be run by Mal Barritt, who becomes Managing Director.

SixStarHolidays.co.uk will provide high end, luxury holidays and will utilise the existing customer base of Hays Travel and WTH (UK) Ltd.

Mal Barritt and James Cole, both co-founders of WTH (UK) Ltd, will be joined by John and Irene Hays on the board of the new company.

World Travel Holdings UK, who operate brands including Cruise118.com, SixStarCruises.co.uk, Cruises.com and RiverVoyages.com, has become a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group.

James Cole, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of WTH (UK) Ltd, said: "We are delighted to have agreed this deal with Hays Travel. Our business is built on a foundation of entrepreneurship and customer service, which are both qualities steeped in the history and current ways of working at Hays Travel.

"We are looking forward to a very exciting and profitable relationship."

John Hays, Founder and Managing Director of Hays Travel, said: "We have worked with James Cole, Mal Barritt and Jeff Tolkin (CEO of World Travel Holdings) for over a year now on the development of parts of their fast growing cruise business within the Hays Travel Independence Group.

"It has been a delight to work with such dynamic, ambitious and talented people. As well as being a lot of fun - a criterion which has always been important to us!

"I am delighted to be extending our working relationship in this way, which fits with Hays Travel's strategy of partnering with 'best in class'.

"Our team are all very excited at the prospects."

WTH (UK) Ltd is part of World Travel Holdings, the world's largest cruise agent, and together with Hays Travel, the UK's largest independent travel agent, the companies boast a turnover in excess of 1 billion pounds, making a solid base for the new joint venture, both now and moving forward.

Hays Travel is the UK's largest independently owned travel agency with over 30 years experience providing excellent customer service and unbeatable holiday deals. The company has 43 shops across the north of England, as well as two call centres and over 300 homeworkers, pulling in an annual turnover of more than 500 million pounds.

WTH (UK) Ltd is one of the UK's largest cruise specialists and prides itself on providing exceptional customer service across all of its brands, including Cruise118.com,
SixStarCruises.co.uk, Cruises.com and CheapCruises.com. In the last 12 months WTH (UK) Ltd has signed multi-year deals with the Minoan Group, Mail Newspaper Group and Telegraph Newspaper Group.

Posted: 18/01/2013

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