Tipto and agents reach Reuben’s Retreat record

The Truly Independent Professional Travel Organisation (Tipto) has surpassed its previous fundraising record for its charity partner, Reuben’s Retreat.

Over the course of a year, Tipto has raised £2,900 across 32 roadshow events, beating the previous year’s total of £2,395.

Reuben’s Retreat is a countryside retreat in Derbyshire for families with terminally ill children, established by Nicola Graham in memory of her son Reuben.

She said: “Thank you so much to all of those involved. This year’s fundraising has been absolutely incredible and we’ll be able to do so much for so many of our beneficiaries.

“The money raised equates to 12 family breaks.”

Jane Atkins, Tipto chairman, added: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our suppliers and our agent friends for helping us to raise such a fantastic amount for Reuben’s Retreat.

“Agents have played an integral part in the fundraising process by buying raffle tickets for the charity prize draw held at each of our events. Our suppliers also always give generously with inspiring prizes.”

Mike Bowers, national sales manager at Shearings Holidays, said he was “blown away” by his visit to Reuben’s Retreat.

“I had heard so much about Rueben’s but seeing is believing and the progress and future plans they have are fantastic,” he commented.

“Nicola’s enthusiasm and ability to deliver is incredible and I hope I can work with my industry colleagues to help raise even more money, so that those visions will be realised.”

Pictured at Rueben’s Retreat, from left, are: Claire Dutton, SuperBreak; Mike Bowers, Shearings Holidays; Sharon Smith, Great Rail Journeys; Gemma Walker, Newmarket Holidays; Nicola Graham, Reuben’s Retreat; Michael Young-Richards, DoSomethingDifferent.com; Luke Smith, Carnival Cruises; and Chris Godrich, Intrepid Travel.

• The Tipto team and agents at the SuperShow in Newcastle also raised more than £245 for the Together Forever Big Prize Draw, which supports the families of travel apprentice Chloe Rutherford and her boyfriend Liam Curry who lost their lives in the Manchester terror attack.