It was a crisp and chilly day, and the ubu elves were here early, busily making frosty decorations and buckets of snowballs for today’s Christmas event. Guests and staff expecting a quiet affair were in for a wonderful surprise, as fancifully dressed elves Claire Emmott, Rachel Finsbury, and Theo Chatzakis greeted them with energetic ‘balloon keepy-up karaoke’ and ‘snowball target toss’ games.
Everyone truly got into the swing of it – taking extra special pleasure in pelting Theo with snowballs! Barely had they time to catch their collective breath when trays of orange babka cake and chocolate yule logs were passed around. For many this was their first taste of the classic Polish delicacy, but by the look of all the smiles and empty plates, it went down a treat. More singing and dancing followed, joined by our friends in Blackpool via Skype - raising the volume to new levels!
Amongst all the joyful noise, we were reminded of the importance of play to those experiencing life-limiting illness. Our featured charity of the day is Brian House Children’s Hospice in Blackpool. Brian House specialises exclusively in end-of-life care for children. As one of only a handful of local children’s hospices in the UK it currently supports over 80 families. They offer a ‘home from home’ environment for kids and their families, giving them the opportunity to experience times of relief and normality, including the chance to just play. When a child’s life is limited it puts enormous pressure on every member of the family as they try to cope with the emotional, practical and financial implications. It can be really hard for brothers and sisters too, so for all the family. Brian House is an amazing place, with themed bedrooms, spacious lounge areas for group music therapy and for informal play, arts and craft room, and a sensory play room where kids can romp through a world of colour, light and sounds.
Care is provided free of charge to children who need it, but it costs over £1 million a year to run Brian House. Most of this paid for through charitable donations. ubu is proud to support such an amazing organisation as Brian House.
With another exciting day looming tomorrow don’t forget to check in and see what’s happening!
To learn more about Brian House, please visit their website: www.trinityhospice.co.uk/brian-house/