Adventures abound for teenagers at weekend social

07 February 2019
Demelza's Kent Hospice was host to rollercoasters, tarantulas and the Wild West during a recent TIZ weekend.

The Family Support and Kent teams hosted a weekend full of fun activities for teens aged 14 and above, along with their families in the dedicated 'TIZ' (Teenage Inclusion Zone) space.

The young adults enjoyed takeaway night with pizza and burgers and a visit from Creepy Claws Animal Displays, who brought a Tarantula, African Pygmy Hedgehog, Giant Centipede and snakes along for the guests to hold and interact with.

Layla, who attended the weekend, said: "The animals were amazing and we learned so much from Creepy Claws, who taught us loads about them and answered all our questions."

The group also adventured and explored through a Virtual Reality headset, simulating exploration in an underwater submarine, flying an aeroplane or riding a rollercoaster, thanks to TJs Virtual Reality World, who also donated some headsets to the hospice for young people and siblings to enjoy.

The weekend wrapped up with a Wild West themed murder mystery evening, with family members and staff playing characters for added theatre in the 'Whodunnit' fun.

One teen told us "It's nice getting to spend a weekend with other people my age going through the same experiences as me."