Grandparents’ well-earned getaways are becoming increasingly threatened, with 50% of UK families now depending all year round on the generation, dubbed ‘Retired Help’, for their childcare.According to a poll of 1,000 Brits conducted by Leger Holidays, almost a quarter (22%) of British grandparents spend 20 hours or more childminding each week, with the average grandparent providing at least six hours of childcare for their family.
The research also revealed that more than a quarter of Britain’s 14million grandparents feel that commitments and responsibilities at home stop them from going away as often as they would like.
The operator's marketing director, Huw Williams, said: “The mature traveller has always enjoyed more freedom when it comes to holidays as, historically, they have had more time and flexibility. However, especially given the current economy, a generation we at Leger have dubbed ‘Retired Help’ is having to provide childcare and support for their families, which is having a serious impact on their own leisure time. If you are ‘Retired Help’ bound by childcare duties, we recommend squeezing in a long weekend or short-stay break wherever possible."
To help grandparents make the most of their free time, the operator is promoting a range of short break packages across Europe.
As examples, a four-day Monet’s Garden, Versailles & the Splendours of Paris leads in at £269 including three nights' breakfast accommodation in a four-star hotel, free local pick up points, travel by executive coach and excursions to Paris, Versailles & Monet’s Garden and Fontainebleau. Four-day Paris weekend and midweek breaks lead in at £169, with optional tours available including a guided sightseeing tour, a cruise down the River Seine and an evening trip to the Latin Quarter for dinner.The price includes three nights' breakfast accommodation, travel by executive coach; free local pick up points, porterage in all hotels and one or two excursions into Paris.
For more information visit www.legerbreaks.info or call 0844-504 6250.