Our first family fun day after the pandemic felt really special. More than 300 people attended the event on 5 September, which was, as always, massively oversubscribed. Almost 800 people requested tickets this year – but unfortunately, our budget only stretches to just over 300 guests.
Families relaxed at Hillsborough Sports Arena in glorious late-summer sunshine, knowing their children would not be excluded or judged.
As always, we worked hard to offer a wide range of accessible activities, and to minimise queues (not always possible!), crowds and noise.
The biggest hits included a fire engine, bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, a miniature train, a petting zoo full of exotic animals, and adapted cycles. Sporty guests were treated to football coaching sessions, courtesy of Sheffield Wednesday and Hillsborough Hornets, and multi-sports activities run by Sheffield City Trust.
We are grateful to Sheffield City Council for funding this event year after year. We stretch this funding even further by drawing on the support of our fantastic partner organisations.
This year, HSBC and Henry Boot allowed their employees to volunteer on the day. Seven Hills Special School and St Marie’s School lent us their chairs, which were transported by Roundabout youth homelessness charity.
And of course, our own volunteers worked very hard to make sure everything ran smoothly.
To see photos of the event, have a look on our Facebook page.