Highlights from the Feedback on our Children’s Christmas Party

Things I liked about the Christmas Party:

Everybody was smiling

To see the kids having fun and being happy

Fabulous supportive people

Seeing everyone enjoying themselves knowing they all have a sad event bringing them all together

Good family fun

Playing with new friends

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Meeting some new friends

So much for the children to do

Fun! I loved ever minute of it, so did my boys

We all love you

Santa was great

Atmosphere

I loved everything!!!

Seeing the children smile – and the adults too

Every member of Edward’s Trust was smiling along with the families

The awesome staff – as always!

The layout of the room was so friendly

Meeting staff at the entrance

Getting the chance to meet other families


Things I would change about the Christmas party

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Nothing! Big Thankyou

I would not change anything about it. It is wonderful in every way

Nothing, you are doing a fantastic job

The way you are funded – it should be a government funded project!

Not a thing!

Children’s Christmas Party

 

On Wednesday 4th December, we held our annual Christmas party for bereaved children using our services. Held at Tally Ho Training Centre, children and their families were invited for an evening of festive fun, where they could also mix with other children who understand what it is liked to lose a close family member at a young age.

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A DJ got the party into full swing unleashing bursts of snow from a snow machine. Elsewhere was a chocolate fountain, sweet counter, face paining and glitter tattoos. Mickey Mouse put in an appearance, dancing Gangnam Style and the Macarena with Santa Claus. After a Conga around the room, party games got underway. Three rounds of musical chairs (two for children and one for adults) got everyone feeling competitive, and brought out some bad behaviour from the grown ups! After games of musical statues and bumps, Santa handed out presents with the help of his trusty elf. Image

Hopefully,we have added a few extra smiles and some Christmas cheer to an otherwise difficult time of year.

 

Tea With Santa

Santa himself will have tea with our young children

Santa himself will have tea with our young children

When a member of a family dies often the family becomes fragmented and unable to express their feelings to each other, this often leads to family time becoming less and less and especially FUN time

Social activities form an important part of the work of the children’s team, the children look forward to these special times in the midst of an enormous amount of sadness both within themselves and their family.

These activities provide an opportunity for children/young people to build their confidence, self –esteem and independence in an environment where they feel safe. The young people feel they can fun without feeling guilty and benefit from being in the company of other bereaved children. It helps for children to know that they are not alone in their feelings of grief, taking part in these activities allows them to meet other children who are hurting and they quickly build relationships and bond together as a group.

This year SANTA has set aside some special time from his very busy schedule to have tea with a few of our younger children who for a number of reasons deserve some extra special fun time. This is a chance for the children to meet SANTA himself, feel special and to have fun, lots of jelly and ice cream and of course a special gift.

We would like sponsorship for this event which would include food and decorations and a small gift for each child, items such as lego, cars, puzzles, football’s please help us to bring a little sunshine back into these children’s lives.

Donate Christmas Card Money

TOur Christmas Card Treehis year, why not put the money spent on Christmas Cards to better use by donating it to Edward’s Trust?
Employers can download our Christmas Card Tree, and then employees can put their message in one of the baubles, and donate the money they would normally spend on cards.
You still wish everybody in your office a Merry Christmas, but you help us support bereaved families at the same time!