Christmas celebrations begin in Manchester!
On Saturday 3rd December Dreams Come True came together with Ronald McDonald House Manchester to host a Christmas party for the both the children and families currently receiving treatment at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and previous Dream families in Manchester.
The Christmas party kicked off around 1pm, with many children and families having already popped their heads around the doorway waiting in anticipation as staff and volunteers helped pull everything together!
We opened the doors to the party and families were greeted by Elsa, a life-sized papier-mâché Olaf, a stormtrooper, Jedi knight and a TIE pilot! All of the children were delighted to meet their favourite idols, running up for high-fives, hugs and a turn of a real lightsaber.
The children got to ask their heroes what it was like to be a real-life princess and Star Wars character, taking loads of photos that can be kept for a lifetime. Elsa gained her very own shadow as one little girl became her helper, with a Santa's little helper outfit to match.
We also had a face painter, Chelsea, who transformed not only the children but also parents and carers faces into whatever character, colour or pattern they wished! We had butterflies, tigers, and even a dinosaur chasing each other around the party! Chelsea also bought along some glitter tattoos and henna to really give the children that Christmas sparkle.
But the main event at the party was being able to get up close and personal with animals, mini-beasts, and reptiles. Alex from Lion Learners bought her vast array of animals, giving children the opportunity to meet, touch and learn all about their favourite pets and jungle creatures.
The children were able to pet the rabbits, feed the bearded dragon and feel the millipede walk across their hands! There was also a snake, guinea pig, and giant snails! All the children massively enjoyed the experience with excited squeals and laughter filling the room.
Ronald McDonald House provided a range of arts and crafts for the children to get stuck into. They made their own Christmas cards much to the delight of their parents and had bunting to decorate, really getting everyone into the Christmas spirit. There was also importantly a delicious buffet for the children and families to tuck into after a busy afternoon of fun-filled Christmas activities.
The whole afternoon brought a smile to the faces of everyone involved and seeing so many people come together to make it all happen brings home what charity and Christmas are all about.
To round off the Christmas party in the perfect fashion the children received a visit from someone very special… Santa Claus himself and all his helpers. McDonald’s had organised a visit to the house just in time for the end of the party, giving all the children chocolate and a chance to let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas.
I just wanted to say thank you to the UK Garrison for providing the Star Wars characters, Melissa Wood a.k.a Elsa, Chelsea Campbell, who turned all of the children into some of the brightest and most colourful animals I have ever seen, and Alex, from Lion Learners, for bringing such excitement and intrigue to the party.
Finally I would like to thank Ronald McDonald House Manchester for helping us make the party happen, particularly Joe Taylor, Sally Cannon and Zena Stock and all the rest of the volunteers and staff that attended.
This Christmas party was not only a fun-filled event but it also allowed us to try to reach out to more potential Dream children and find those that really need and deserve the help of Dreams Come True.
Author: Sophie Walker
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