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More 'first ever holidays' being planned for Torbay

Co-owner Ray Duffy, some of the youngsters, mum Michelle and Hype's Debbie Evans

A new trust is being created to help more underprivileged families from The West Midlands enjoy holidays on the English Riviera.

This week 10 children were put up for free at Torquay's Grosvenor House B&B after the founder of a Birmingham social action project told the co-owners about her work when she stayed.

Attractions in Torbay and public transport groups offered free entry or travel.

Many of the children, aged 2-13, had never been on holiday before.

In the future it is hoped a trust will be able to fund the cost of the holidays for families.

Click play to hear Debbie Evans, from HYPE (or Helping Young People Excel) talking about how the visit came about and what it means to the youngsters

She said: "Many of these families are struggling to make ends meet, let alone afford luxuries like a holiday." 

A spokesperson for the school, which most of the children attend and where the youngsters were chosen from said they're "delighted" that the families are getting a holiday, adding: "We all know that a break is good for us, but sadly some of our families have not had the opportunity to have a break with their children due to a number of life stresses.

These eight year olds have been telling us how much the holiday means to them

One of the mums, Michelle, says it's her first ever holiday with her son and they've been making the most of it

Ray Duffy says it's easy to forget what we have on our doorstep

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