We had our biggest and best Family Beach Day yet this month when over 200 family members, staff and volunteers descended on the Margate coastline for a day of fun in the sun.
The annual outing is organised by our Family Support Team in Kent for children with serious and terminal conditions and their families. For many of the children we care for, a trip like this is almost impossible without hours of planning around their complex care needs. For some, the day is the only chance they get to see the seaside, or feel sand, thanks to the specialist beach-terrain wheelchairs kindly lent to us again by Beach Within Reach.
The families enjoyed lots of activities with support from local businesses and organisations and the traditional trip to adventure park Dreamland was a big hit with all ages once again. The day was a real #TeamDemelza effort with staff and volunteers from across the charity working together to arrange the day, led by Family Support Worker Zoe Workman.
One of the families in attendance said of the day: "I always love seeing the siblings enjoying time together and the bonds they make even after a few hours. I also love chatting with the families and sharing our stories .
I cannot really put into words what days like these make me feel. Even now hours after we've been home I'm smiling and loving looking back over the memories we have all made together today. So precious just to be with people who just get it and understand. It's the best therapy ever."