ubu was jumping and jiving this afternoon, with the week’s festivities ending on an energetic high. The party’s theme was jingle bell dancing, and elves Neil Webster, Stephen Mitchell, and Jen Tiranti-Anderson made sure everyone took to the dance floor. Guests were handed bells and tambourines of all shapes and sizes, and then split into noise-making teams. The ultra-high-tech Jingle-o-meter – flown straight from Santa’s workshop – registered each team’s enthusiasm as they belted out raucous rounds of “Jingle Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock”. The higher the volume, the more treats were dispensed by the Jingle-o-meter. Voices and bells raised the roof. And that was just the warm-up. Everyone then joined together for a fantastic Christmas Zumba.
All that dancing and singing works up a mighty thirst; luckily there were plenty of drinks and treats on hand. Fresh juices, French-inspired cheese board and bouche noel (chocolate Yule Log) kept everyone’s energy up.
Of course, the fun and excitement is not the only reason we come together. Today we celebrated the wonderful work of two charities that help very sick young children. Zoë’s Place in Middlesbrough and Bluebell Wood Baby Hospice in Sheffield both offer respite and palliative care to babies and young children with life-limiting illnesses. Zoë is the Greek word meaning “gift of life” and at Zoë’s Place they believe that life is precious no matter how long it lasts. Zoë’s Place can take up to six infants at any one time, there is also ample accommodation and facilities for the whole family if these are needed. Similarly, Bluebell Wood Hospice offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at their hospice in North Anston. They help support the whole family, and their facilities are built to this purpose. Bluebell Wood is a place filled with laughter and love. They give families the chance to relax, take a break and have fun.
Both charities receive a modest amount of government funding; therefore they rely on the generosity of the public to help them raise the £1.2 million a year required to keep the doors open for the many families that rely on their expert care. ubu is proud to be one of their supporters.
With another exciting week lined up don’t forget to check in and see what’s happening!
To learn more about Zoë’s Place, please visit their website: www.zoes-place.org.uk
And to learn more about Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, visit their website at: www.bluebellwood.org