Great party in Guildford!

Great party in Guildford last week!  I went along to the Guildford Action 30th Anniversary celebrations held in the centre of town last Thursday night.  I went with a couple of different hats on!  Firstly the Travel2Give scheme raising money for the charity was launched.  I talked to plenty of people about how simple the scheme is and how it can help with fundraising.  Guildford Action also kindly arranged for my leaflet to be printed on the flip-side of the article written by Bob Crooks, Chair of the Board of Trustees.  So this meant that everyone picked up and (hopefully!) read about the scheme.  Our speaker on the night was the Chief Executive of Shelter, Campbell Robb.  Guildford Action is a great and very caring organisation, and well worth supporting.

I was also there in my role as President of Soroptimist International of Guildford and District.  As a club, we’ve been supporting Guildford Action for a few years now.  We provide clothing for the homeless, bedding and other household items for the families, books and games for the day centre and a soup kitchen on Saturdays during the winter.

The Travel2Give scheme is really so simple – the charity’s supporters phone or email me, tell me what kind of holiday they want and how much they want to spend.  I then research it, and call or email back with prices – at the same time telling them how much they will raise for the charity when they confirm the booking.  That’s it, very simple and effective way of raising money – all ATOL protected as well.  It’s money you would have spent anyway on a holiday, so why not spend it to do a world of good!

You can be assured that you are dealing with a very experienced, professional travel organisation.  Anyone who contacts Diamond Travel will get excellent personal service.  My clients are very important to me – many clients have been with me for years.

PS – did you know we can book all kinds of travel – by rail and sea as well as by air!

Diamond Travel act as The Global Travel Group Ltd in connection with the sale of travel products. Unless specified as the operator, The Global Travel Group Ltd is the agent of ATOL Protected Tour Operators and other principals.

New way to fundraise for charity

Diamond Travel has recently joined the Travel2Give network of travel agents.

Our mission is to provide substantial funds to good causes derived from their affiliates’ every day holiday expenditure, so we release donations from money which would have been spent anyway!  Clients booking holidays with us pay no extra – the donations to charity come out of our profits – now that is quite something in today’s world!!

Our aim is to offer our customers the best of everything – best service, best destinations and best prices, but with the added value of supporting their favourite charity every time they book.

It’s really easy to book – all you have to do is ring Olein on 0843 216 4108 or email travel2give@diamondtravel.ltd.uk and she’ll phone or email back with some holiday suggestions (within your budget and brief) and with details of how much will be donated to charity as a result of your booking.  All holidays are ATOL Protected for your financial peace of mind.  This also means that if you’re stranded overseas if another Icelandic volcano causes chaos – you’ll be looked after by your airline (and by us, on regular text updates where possible).

You can be assured that you are dealing with a very experienced, professional travel organisation.  Anyone who contactsDiamond Travel will get excellent personal service.  My clients are very important to me – many clients have been with me for years.

Diamond Travel supports Guildford Action Parity for Disability and The Vine Day Centre – so if you want to support these charities – just contact me.

If you’re a charity based in the GU postcode area and want to get involved in this great and easy fundraising scheme – just contact me.  If you’re based elsewhere in the UK, just contact Travel2Give through the website www.travel2give.org.uk to find your local agent.

PS – did you know we can book all kinds of travel – by rail and sea as well as by air!

Diamond Travelact asThe Global Travel GroupLtd in connection with the sale of travel products. Unless specified as the operator,The Global Travel GroupLtd is the agent of ATOL Protected Tour Operators and other principals.

The Day the World Changed

11 September 2001– a day that will live in history as one of the darkest we’ve all known. Diamond Travelhad been trading for just 9 months and I was really enjoying the travel industry.  Everything was going well, lots of enquiries and bookings were taking off (excuse the pun!)

Then the world changed in a split second.

Would travel ever be the same again?  Well, yes and no.  Security got tighter, regulations changed regularly – but no-one stopped travelling.  For many people, it’s still a relief when you land safely – but the chances of another attack are remote.

According to Wikipedia – there are 117 deaths per billion journeys for air travellers – much more dangerous to travel by motorbike (1640 deaths per billion journeys).  Probably better to look at deaths per billion kilometres travelling – 0.05 deaths for air travellers as opposed to 109 deaths for motorbike deaths. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airplane#Safety

So it seems to me – better to travel by plane than motorbike!  It’s inevitable that there will be concern after Osama bin Laden’s death.  But as I’ve always stressed to anyone, if we let fear of terrorism win, then they win and we lose.

The old quote of “Lies, damn lies and statistics” might be appropriate here but you can’t argue with the statistics above.  Air travel is overwhelmingly safe – there are checks you can make on your airline’s safety record.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_commercial_aircraft#2011

So stop worrying – book that flight now!!

PS – did you know we can book all kinds of travel – by rail and sea as well as by air!

Diamond Travelact as The Global Travel GroupLtd in connection with the sale of travel products. Unless specified as the operator,The Global Travel GroupLtd is the agent of ATOL Protected Tour Operators and other principals.