(L - R): Adrian Bell, CEO, RNRMC, and Henry Merewether, head of security, Parkdean Resorts.
Matthew Neville

Parkdean Resorts extends partnership with military charity to provide free holidays to service people and their families

Parkdean Resorts, the UK’s largest holiday park operator, has extended its partnership with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

The deal will see specially selected serving personnel and their families offered holiday breaks across 19 holiday parks in the UK in 2022, an increase on the ten parks that formed part of the deal in 2021.

Parkdean will provide free accommodation, in addition to entertainment passes and a discount on food and beverage available at restaurants and bars on park.

The breaks will be awarded, not only as recognition of the service person, but also their families, for the “extraordinary sacrifices and support they provide whilst their spouses, partners and loved ones are deployed around the globe, and for families that may have gone or are going through difficult times and where time away may help”.

In total, the holiday offer will amount to 450 holidays, split across seven-night holidays during school holiday periods, plus two- and three-night short breaks between April and September.

The renewed partnership comes as part of Parkdean Resorts’ ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces, which has also seen the company recently partner with the Army Central Fund on a similar scheme.

In 2021, the holiday park operator gifted 75 breaks to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity for the benefit of serving personnel in the Royal Navy, with beneficiaries across ships, submarines, the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Marines, and Shore Establishment. In total, 101 adults and 91 children were able to enjoy a free break as part of the partnership.

Steve Richards, CEO, Parkdean Resorts, said: “Our work with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines is a source of tremendous pride for the business and we’re delighted to be able to extend this and offer even more opportunities to support serving personnel.

“We have huge admiration for the work they do and are very conscious of the huge sacrifices they and their families make. It is a great honour to be able to give back to them and provide these families a holiday.”

Adrian Bell, CEO, RNRMC, added: “The RNRMC is delighted that our partnership with Parkdean Resorts is going so well. We are hugely grateful to Steve and his team for the support they are giving to the Naval Community through this generous offer.

“The reward and recognition of the serving and their families who find themselves in challenging circumstances is vitally important and very much appreciated.”

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