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December 2018/ January 2019 Newsletter

Group Photo at North Cadbury Court This time of the year is busy with preparations for our Fantasy Trip. Annually, the children and their families are treated to a getaway to relax and reconnect after what they have faced over the year. This year, we took our families to North Cadbury Court in Yeovil, Somerset on the weekend of the 9th of November, to enjoy a weekend filled with fun and excitement, courtesy of the Hogan family who donated the funds that we needed in memory of Teresa Hogan. To all the Hogan family and friends, thank you so much for making this fantasy trip a reality for all of our warriors and princesses.

 

Upon arrival, there was a hum of anticipation in the air. The stately home, which is approximately 700 years old, was the perfect setting for our families to unwind. From the opulent bedrooms to the grand ballroom, we had full access to the entire house and grounds for the children and their families to engage in a variety of activities.

 

One of the owners of North Cadbury Court, Janet Montgomery, spent a lot of her own time with the children and

Steve Pateman and Janet Montgomery, North Cadbury Court

families, learning the incredible journeys our warriors and princesses have been on. Thank you so much to Janet and Archie Montgomery and all of the staff at North Cadbury Court for the care and support you provided us during our stay.

 

The pool at was popular with all of the children; they were able to play with many of the inflatable toys donated by individuals in the community. Thank you so much for these donations; the children smiled and giggled with glee as they were playing with them.

One of the planned activities was spa treatments for all of our mums, who endure so much whilst their children go through treatment. Thank you to Karly and Nikki from Another Little World who provided all of the massages, manicures, pedicures and facials to help lighten the load our mothers.

 

Andy from White Nights put on a fantastic disco, where the children dressed up in ball gowns and fancy dress to dance the night away. Steve Pateman, our wonderful Ambassador, made a very special appearance on Saturday to help with the press, but also to present trophies to our warriors, princesses and their siblings for overcoming such adversity over the past year. Thank you for coming Steve!

 

The children were also treated to a variety of games and activities from Funtasia’s Louise and Russell Lee, such as a dance mat, racing game and a photo booth with funny props and costumes to capture magical family moments. Our photographer Mark Pickthall also caught some enchanting occasions on camera throughout the weekend, creating lasting memories for our families and the Trust on our 10th anniversary supporting children with cancer.

 

We also want to thank the Co-Op in Earls Barton for providing the drinks to replenish our families over the weekend, to Guy and Suzy from Pickers for the excellent catering and to Amanda Harris for arranging the beautiful 10th anniversary cake.

 

Lastly, the most marvellous moment of the weekend came when our children were gifted Trunkis, donated by the amazing In Transit, Transport Services Ltd. They zoomed around the ballroom, smiles lighting up their faces and squealing with delight at this most generous gift. Thank you to Barry, Jayne, Gary and all of the people at In Transit for making our children’s dreams come true.

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