Club Supports Hurst Family on their European Face2Facebook Motorhoming Adventure

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Friday 03 October 2014

The Hurst Family

The Hurst Family

The Camping and Caravanning Club is delighted to announce its support for writer, David Hurst and his family, who will today set off on their Face2Facebook journey across Europe.

Over the next three months, David, his wife Debs, sons Daniel and Darley (aged 5 and 3) and Mr Colin Dog (a lively collie), will be visiting some of their close family and friends, meeting them face-to-face, rather than through a computer screen.

Many of us watch our loved one’s lives from afar via Facebook and other such social media channels rather than meeting in person, due to limited leisure time and the pressures placed upon us in our increasingly busy lives. Often this electronic engagement replaces face-to-face interactions, however nothing beats a real hug and it’s these actions which really engage loved ones.

The project will see the Hurst family travelling and meeting friends and family around the UK, staying at Camping and Caravanning Club sites and Camping in the Forest sites before heading across the Channel to continue their trip in France, Germany, Holland, Spain and Switzerland.

The trip was brought to life after the family discovered the joys of motorhoming on a recent trip to Spain with the Club’s Travel Service. Since then, the Hursts have downsized their home, delayed their son Daniel’s start at school, and bought a new Swift Escape 696 motorhome for their exciting adventure.

And there’s no better way to travel than in a camping unit. Not only is there the opportunity to open your door to a different view every day, it has also been proven by the Club and Liverpool John Moores University in its ‘Real Richness’ research, that camping is a great way to become more socially connected.

Campers interviewed in the Real Richness research project felt that camping brings you closer together as a family. In fact, 90% of those campers believe that camping is fun for all of the family and, furthermore, 73% say it’s a great way to make new friends.

Despite a hectic few weeks of planning and preparation, David is looking forward to setting off and starting his family’s Face2Facebook camping adventure.

He said: “The most important things in life are not things at all, but family and friends. Yet we were taken aback when we realised how many of our family and friends we hadn't actually seen for years. While Facebook is fantastic for staying in touch, it can veil how infrequently many of us truly see those we love.

“It was a difficult decision to postpone the date as to when our son started school, however we believe that travel is the best form of education. Daniel and his three-year-old brother, Darley, will be learning the value of family and friendship; that the world is generally a wonderful place with decent people in it; and they'll learn about kindness and thinking of others.

“Travelling will also develop their self-confidence, and teach them about new languages, geography, geology, history, music, sport, religion, cooking and culture.

“We hugely appreciate the support of The Camping and Caravanning Club and we look forward to staying on Club Sites and enjoying the friendly camping experience that the Club offers. Camping is a fantastic way to travel and it’s already been proven that it enhances social interactions and we look forward to putting those research results into practise.”

Robert Louden MBE, the Club’s Director General, added: “We’re delighted to support David and his family on what is sure to be an exciting adventure. Camping and caravanning is a fantastic way to connect with loved ones and we hope other families will be inspired by the Hurst’s journey and come and experience the Club’s family-friendly locations and services.”
The project will raise money for Cancer Research UK.

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Notes for Editors

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 113-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 16 Camping in the Forest touring sites.
  2. tells why our members are happier and healthier.
  3. incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.