Family Weekend round-up – April 2019
Our latest Family Weekend was held at the Fire Fighters Charity’s Jubilee House in Cumbria at the end of April. Six families from Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Wakefield – along with Burns Care Professionals from those Burns Services – enjoyed a full weekend’s programme, starting with lamb feeding and a tractor ride at Walby Park Farm on Friday and ending with the family swim in Jubilee’s wonderful swimming pool on Sunday. In addition to the scar and stress management workshops that parents participated in on Saturday, the families experienced the ever-popular swimming sessions every day, activities included walking with llama’s, animal petting, a music workshop, Easter egg hunt, tea-party and family quiz. The families also enjoyed listening to the magical stories told by local celebrity story-teller, Taffy Thomas. Parents were given the opportunity to relax during a hydrotherapy session on Saturday, and complementary therapies on Sunday morning.
Our thanks to the staff at Jubilee House, and to the doctor, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, play specialists, volunteers and psychologists who all gave more than just their time to make this a memorable, fun and helpful time for the 12 children and 12 parents who attended.
One parent commented, “I cannot express how important this experience was on a personal and family level, huge thanks to everyone involved, please keep doing this for as many people as possible.”
Staff also took the opportunity to comment on how much they enjoyed the weekend, urging their long continuance and expressing their desire to be involved again. Comments also included that it had been a great weekend at a great venue with exceptional facilities, and it had been a well-planned and executed event.