Fam­ily’s first trip abroad thanks to com­pe­ti­tion win

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Birthday Treat - By Sam Len­non

A fam­ily have gone abroad to­gether for the first time, thanks to the KM Group.

The Davies fam­ily won a hol­i­day to Por­tu­gal in our com­pe­ti­tion and it was the first time dad Matt Davies had left Bri­tain in 29 years.

Part­ner Amy Ford hadn’t gone away for 16 years and this was the first time for their two young chil­dren, Oak­ley and In­di­ana Davies.

None of them had pass­ports un­til the trip – work com­mit­ments had kept them at home all this time.

Mr Davies, of Wells Close, New Rom­ney, said: “It was a won­der­ful hol­i­day and it would have been very ex­pen­sive so I’m very grate­ful to the KM Group.

“The kids were de­lighted and they loved the sea. But I now have to be back at work.”

The f am­ily had en­tered through our web­site, Ken­tOn­line, to win the com­pe­ti­tion mark­ing James Villa Holidays’ 30th an­niver­sary.

They spent seven days in the Al­garve, with free flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion, re­turn­ing on Au­gust 17.

‘It was a won­der­ful hol­i­day and it would have been very ex­pen­sive so I’m very grate­ful to the KM Group’

It turned out to be a birth­day treat for both kids. In­di­ana turned four on Au­gust 8, just a cou­ple of days be­fore they trav­elled out, and Oak­ley turned nine just last Tues­day .

Mr Davies, 42, said: “The food was great, we were un­der clear blue sky, the weather was hot and it was a nice break.

“But I’ve no plans to go abroad again. I haven’t caught the travel bug. I’m not a beach hol­i­day per­son and I can’t sit around for long.

“Be­sides, I have to keep work­ing to pay the mort­gage and pro­vide for my fam­ily.”

Mr Davies is a self-em­ployed fur­ni­ture maker so is only paid for what he pro­duces with no staff ben­e­fits such as sick­ness or hol­i­day pay.

He is com­mit­ted to keep­ing on top of his mort­gage, work­shop rent and bills for both premises.

His hours are flex­i­ble and once he worked for four weeks with­out a day off, fin­ish­ing at 1.40am on Christ­mas Day to com­plete an or­der dead­line and de­liv­er­ing on Box­ing Day.

He moved around fre­quently as a child as his fa­ther was in the army, but the last time he went abroad was for a hol­i­day to Tu­nisia with his par­ents and sis­ter when he was 13.

Miss Ford, 32, who works as a part-time baker at Sains­bury’s in New Rom­ney, last went abroad when she was 16.

Mr Davies said: “I can’t even re­mem­ber the last time we had a pass­port.”

Pic­ture: Tony Flash­man FM3370170

The Davies fam­ily, with mum Amy, nine-year-old Oak­ley, dad Matt and four-year-old In­di­ana, won a KM hol­i­day to Por­tu­gal

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