On 3rd August, families with disabled children flocked to Hillsborough Sports Arena to enjoy a fun-packed day out. Glorious summer weather ensured a record turnout, with over 300 people attending the event.
Children enjoyed a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities, including bungee trampolines, bouncy castles, adapted cycles, a petting zoo with exotic animals, African drumming, street dance and animation workshops, and a variety of sports and craft activities. While the children played, their parents got a chance to relax … helped by the fact that, for once, there was no lunch to prepare, as the lovely staff at Hillsborough Sports Arena took care of that!
Forum worker Eva Juusola said: “This was the seventh time that we’ve run this event, and it’s always a real team effort. Volunteers from HSBC, Henry Boot and Gripple helped with event stewarding, St Marie’s school and Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church provided chairs, sports groups and charities ran free activities, a fire engine and library van dropped by, and even Sheffield Wednesday mascot Ozzie Owl paid a visit.”
She added: “It’s heart-warming to see everyone pull together to make sure our guests have a good time. For families with disabled children, the long summer holidays can be a very stressful time, and events like ours give them much-needed break. We are grateful to Sheffield City Council for funding this popular event.”
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