A look back at our WellChild Family Events

Posted on the 14th December 2017

This year WellChild Families have been having lots of fun making new friends and memories at events that have involved climbing mountains, meeting animals, sailing and visiting the Circus!

Mountain Rescue 2017

In July, families were invited to attend this year’s Prince’s Charity Forum Event hosted by the South West of England Rescue Association. Held in the Forest of Dean, families took part in zip wiring, team challenges, rock climbing, fire and rescue speed boat rides with life saving demonstrations and much more. The families were also treated to a very special surprise trip on the Dean Forest Railway.

Thank you all so much for a wonderful day! Everyone was so lovely, kind and enthusiastic. I haven't smiled like that in such a long time. Big wave to our new friends and much love to everyone, thank you!

Amy, WellChild Family Tree Member


WellChild Families also had a fantastic time at The Cotswold Wildlife Park’s 4th annual Dreamnight at the Zoo event. The after hours, invitation only, event for families included keeper talks, face painting, live music, falconry displays and lots more fun family activities.

We had lots of fun at Dreamnight at the Zoo, it was an amazing experience to be able to see a zoo after hours and see how different it is, thank you.

Helen While, Parent Ambassador


Our spectacular family day of sailing at Carsington Sailing Club gave families the opportunity to go on family boat trips with experienced crew on specially designed access boats.

Inspiration for the day has come from Consultant Paediatrician, Nottingham Children’s Hospital Dr David Thomas who is a keen sailor and member of Carsington Sailing Club. His years of professional experience have highlighted to him the therapeutic benefits that sailing can offer children with exceptional health needs.

Sailability was an amazing opportunity for my son to do something he couldn't have achieved in normal circumstances. He loved the day sailing his face lit up with smiles all day!

Karen, WellChild Family Tree Member

Circus Starr

Circus Starr is a world-class touring circus with professional artists from across the globe.  They provide free tickets for thousands of disabled, vulnerable or disadvantaged children and their families whilst raising much needed funds for local charities.

Since first established in 1987, Circus Starr has provided a relaxed, inclusive environment to its disabled audiences, working ever more closely with autistic children in recent years. They have produced a ‘Show and Tell’ app which provides photographs, footage from the show and text that help familiarise children with unknown experiences that may otherwise cause anxiety.

Throughout 2017 Circus Starr kindly donated 132 tickets enabling 57 WellChild Families to enjoy an evening at shows across the country.


All of these events have been a huge success, with families commenting on how brilliant it was to spend time together and everyone being able to get involved in the activities.  They have also been a lovely opportunity for families to take part in something a little different, have new experiences and to meet other families supported by WellChild.  Thank you to everyone who has helped to make them such a success.


More fun is planned for 2018, including Mountain Rescue Day at Nidderdale in June, and a 4th Sailability Summer Splash at Carsington Sailing Club.

Sailability this summer will receive funding via the Tesco Bags of Help programme, where money raised from the sale of bags is shared with 3 local community projects.  You can vote for Sailabilty by popping your token (You get a token for spending in Tesco, one token per transaction) into the WellChild Sailability box in the following stores. Voting closes on 1 January:

  • ALTON MNR BELPER EXP             DE56 0HS
  • CODNOR DERBY EXP                      DE5 9QR
  • ILKESTON                                            DE7 8DG
  • ILKESTON NOTT RD EXP               DE7 5NX
  • WEST HALLAM EXP                         DE7 6GR

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