We launched our Accessible For All Campaign on the 7th January 2019 which was reported on by Meridian News, and are just delighted to announce that we have put on over 75 different events within the last 12 months. One mum said to me ‘ this time last year their was nothing that we felt able to join in, but this year we are spoiled for choice.’ that quote actually made our Christmas. Very special thanks must go to Emily Sutton who has done so much to organise so many of our events.
Wow ! And what a Christmas we had. Starting with a visit from Father Christmas bearing wonderful sensory gifts and new football equipment for the children attending DCFFC our FA registered football team.
A huge thanks to our friends at The Glad Rag Production Company and the wonderful cast and crew from The Regent Centre’s ‘The Christmas Spectacular’ for donating the equipment – it will go such a long way in helping our football sessions.
Next, was our main party attended by over 150 people and sponsored by local company Selco who also bought Father Christmas food, drinks and gifts for every child. Entertainment was provided by DJ Nose It and Squidge and Pop. Sprongbourne Fire station made our children’s day by coming along too. Massive thanks to everyone who made this such a lovely party.
Some of our more profoundly disabled children were not able to attend our main party so Holiday Inn Exoress Poole put on a do just for them, with lovely food a gift for all and a brilliant Santa. Again we are humbled by their generosity.
On Saturday we held Christmas Co-motion extra, a sensory dance session, where Dorsey Bear distributed gifts provided by BCHA.
Sunday the fun continued with DCF FA football and then a very special private visit to AFCB for a play on the pitch, private tour , sensory play and coffee in an executive box. Special thanks to Hannah Powis of AFCB Community Trust for arranging.
If we weren’t exhausted by all that off we went Honeybrook Farm in Wimborne. We got to meet real reindeer and lots of other baby animals. We had ride on Santa’s festive ( tractor ) and then everyone met Father Christmas for a gift and photo. It was a truly magical day out.
We had a few days off for Christmas and then had another party at soft play centre Giggles where Dorsey Bear came to give hugs and high fives.
The new year bought 2 music sessions at Absolute Music and a frozen themed drama class hosted by Claire Johnston and Laura Mann.
All of us at The Dorset Children’s Foundation would like to wish each and everyone of you a happy new year.