The children which ellenor supports 365 days a year came along to ellenor Gravesend on Friday 19 August for a fabulous Family Fun Day. It was a day which featured unicorns, art, eagles, lots of cake and the opportunity to hold a real Olympic torch!
Among those who attended was five year old ellenor patient Harry Woodgate from Northfleet, who came along with his parents Dean Woodgate and Samantha Warwicker and his sister, Rhianne, aged ten. Dean said it was a ‘great day’ while Samantha added: “Meeting other ellenor families is really lovely. It helps us to realise that we’re not alone, we’re all in the same boat. It’s also great that Rhianne gets included as well.”
The Family Fun Day was supported by a number of organisations and individuals. Staff from ellenor supporters M&S Bluewater and Berkeley Homes volunteered at the event, while Free Cakes for Kids Tonbridge donated two incredible cakes, a representative from The Gravesend Model Marine and Engineering Society came along with two Olympic torches and Sally Sue’s Sandwich Bar supplied a delicious buffet.
The day was also supported by a team from Eagle Heights, who introduced the children and their families to some stunning birds of prey, while Alamanda Therapy Animals came along with a variety of gorgeous animals. A particular hit was a cute skinny pig – a hairless guinea pig – who looked rather like a Clanger.
The families were entertained by two extremely talented young musicians, brothers Joseph Stick (16) and Daniel (14). They both attend Tonbridge School and are members of the Kent Youth Wind Orchestra.
“Our annual Family Fun Day was a great success – even though we had a few showers,” said Tina Humphreys, Respite Coordinator at ellenor. “We know that our families really enjoy the day. It’s a chance to get out and meet other families in a safe, fun and friendly environment. We couldn’t do it without lots of support – so a huge thank you to all the companies and individuals who made it possible.”