The Family Holiday Association has bought its first caravan in South Wales thanks to a donation from a benefactor.
The FHA said it had chosen a van at Parkdean’s Trecco Bay Holiday Park, near Porthcawl, to help struggling families in the area enjoy a short break.
The Trecco Bay site offers a range of facilities including an indoor swimming pool and a wet outdoor play area, as well as dodgem cars, an adventure playground, mini golf and an arcade.
Martin Realey, FHA chief executive, said: “I recently visited the Trecco Bay Holiday Park with my own family. We had an absolutely wonderful time.
"The children loved hunting for treasures and rock climbing on the beach and the evening entertainment was first class. We’ll definitely be going back in the future.”
The families the charity helps are struggling with problems such as severe and long-term illness, bereavement, mental health issues, disability and domestic violence.
All families supported by the FHA are referred to the organisation by teachers, health visitors, social workers and other charities such as Barnardo’s and Shelter.
Last year the FHA launched its Adopt a Caravan initiative, inviting companies to pledge to cover the annual £10,000 running costs of one of its fleet of fourteen vans.
The figure covers expenses including ground rent, fuel bills, cleaning, furnishing and essential repairs.
Each caravan can host between 30 and 45 families a year on three, four or seven-night breaks.