Torbay Family Fun Week
ASUK organised a family week in Torquay from the 18th – 25th August 2013 which incorporated 15 adults and 15 children.
Families had a fabulous time in Torquay being involved in lots of fun activities and benefiting from sharing each other’s experiences.
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Torbay Holiday Helpers Network who provided each family with an activity pack which included a free pass into many fun attractions. Also a HUGE thank you to Brunel Manor who organised complimentary accommodation for all families, without this support the family week wouldn’t have been able to take place. Also Dawlish Rotary club provided ASUK with a grant to make sure all families had a wonderful time in Torquay, so thank you to everyone who made the family week truly special – we are hoping we can do this again next year!
Chessington World of Fun
On the 27th August 2013 many families enjoyed a fun-filled trip to Chessington World of Adventures. Thank you to Merlins Magic Wand who enabled families to gain access to the park free of charge.
Maariyah’s Special Wish – Came True!
Maariyah’s wish of being a Princess for the day was granted by ‘Rays of Sunshine’ at Dudley Zoological Gardens on the 23rd August 2013. Maariyah was dressed as a beautiful Princess and had a personal tour around the castle accompanied by her own personal guard. She was given a bag full of goodies on behalf of the zoo and was treated with the utmost priority, just like a Princess.
She had a close encounter with the amazing animals at the zoo and enjoyed the personal experience of touching the birds. Maariyah’s joy was visible to see through her beaming smile which lasted all day. Maariyah’s family were pleased to see Maariyah having a fantastic time as she has recently spent lots of time in Hospital. Maariyah was crowned queen and a scroll was honoured to her on behalf of the castle. The best part of the day was the arrival of the horse and carriage to take Maariyah home .A perfect ending for a truly special princess day.
Family Fun at the Calvert Trust
On the 25th – 28th October 2013 youngsters and adults who
e affected by Alström Syndrome had a fun-filled artime at the Calvert Trust in the Lake District. They took part in many outdoor adventure activities and had a great time doing Gladiator challenges in the swimming pool. We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Bradford Short Breaks who funded this trip.
Maariyah, Kion and their families have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas party at Drayton Manor, thanks to the National Blind Children’s Society.
“It really was a great day and all of the children really enjoyed themselves. NBCS staff were on hand to offer support and discuss the services they provide. We had time to enjoy the rides and Ayisha and Cole even got me and Javed on the roller coaster which was great fun! We had a very nice lunch and even a visit from Santa with lovely gifts for every child and the day ended with a firework display. This was also a good opportunity to meet other families who have children with a visual impairment.” Kerry Leeson-Beevers