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We love to throw a good party to create magical moments that really lift our children’s spirits and live long in the memory of their family members.

We recently held our Annual Summer Party at Helen & Douglas House which saw families, staff and friends get together and have some fun. To make sure the day ran smoothly, we had a variety of help and donations from local businesses and individuals and were able to entertain guests throughout the afternoon with; the chance to pat a pony, munch on candy floss and ice cream, play some garden games and even have their faces painted. There was also a wonderful local musician who made up funny songs with the children, whilst entertaining the parents and staff.

The party was an opportunity for everyone to get together and celebrate life at Helen & Douglas House. It was chance for families to meet other families who stay at Helen & Douglas House, as parents do not always choose to stay with their children when they visit, even though there is family accommodation available, so often do not get chance to meet others in similar situations.

The opportunity to meet other parents in a similar position to them and to create a wider support network can mean the world of difference to the families and children of Helen & Douglas House. They can learn from each other, talk to people who are in a similar situation and maybe even find some local friends, realising they are not on their own. The party offered the relaxed setting for everyone to enjoy!

Hannah Jones, who is part of the care team at Helen & Douglas House, organised the Summer Party and said ‘I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along. It was great to see so many of the children, families and staff enjoying ice creams, fruit juice cocktails, face painting and games, including a coconut shy. Thank you to everyone who supported us on the day, we could not have done it without your help.’

As well as getting families together, the party was also chance to have some fun and enjoy time with other staff at Helen & Douglas House, including the Fundraising team who came to help man some of the stands at the party. Helen & Douglas House is a charity made up of a variety of teams and it is fantastic to be able to work together and for everyone to see that all the hard work we do comes to fruition through the friendly faces and smiles at events like this.

Big thank you to Inspired by Ponies, Alec’s Angels, Soundabout, and Ynot Treat Yourself for helping us make this day feel so special.

Our next party will be the Helen House Christmas party and we look forward to seeing familiar smiling faces there again.

Take a look through our Annual Summer Party photo gallery

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