ubu's 15 days of Christmas festivities came to a show stopping finale today with 100’s of the people we serve, colleagues and special guests coming together to party and really celebrate in style!
Each day during this spectacular period has brought something new, special, and unique for everyone to experience. Today’s finale was no different … a winter wonderland of icy white trees, bright lights and let’s not forget everyone’s favorite pantomime and film Characters. From Snow white and her 7 dwarfs, to the fairy godmother trying to keep those ugly sisters out of trouble! Along with the Wizard, Lions, pirates, penguins and a rather large reindeer walking around, it really was a celebration with everyone involved! Santa and Mrs. Claus had travelled a long way on their fabulous sleigh, to spread their festive joy remembering to bring their elves with them along for the ride.
But it didn’t stop there! The Dame hosting the show surprised all those attending with performances from friends Martin Finn and Jonathan Ansell … they’re behind you … they certainly were not as their voices were heard loud and clear singing tunes that really got the celebrations in full flow.
With such an action-packed celebration today’s charity could not be overlooked as we supported the Disaster emergency Committee (DEC). The explosive spread of Ebola in West Africa is not just killing the infected but ripping apart health services, devastating communities, and destroying people’s ability to support themselves. Nearly 5000 people have died and over 10,000 have been infected by the Ebola virus. The outbreak is not only a health crisis, but also a humanitarian crisis with global dimensions. Already fragile health services are not able to contain this outbreak, with a severe lack of trained health workers and vital equipment, as well as a dangerous lack of knowledge within communities about how to prevent the spread of the disease. To learn more about the DEC you can visit their website http://www.dec.org.uk/appeals/ebola-crisis-appeal
With individual packed lunches of turkey, stuffing and cranberry or roasted vegetable ciabattas, waitresses serving cones of fries along with individually wrapped Mince pies for all no one went hungry. While we took time to eat and reflect on the charity of the day, it was reinforced that Christmas is a time not only for those we love but a time to think of others. “Band Aids It’s Christmas Time” was a very appropriate song of the day, and with oodles of energy was sung from everyone’s Hearts.
With the music playing, everyone got in the party mood and Zumba’s along to Band Aid, Circle of Life from the Lion king and then the Wizard raised the house with everyone joining in to we wish it could be Christmas every day … wow spirits were high and the party just kept going!
As people thought the end was near we had a couple more surprises up our sleeves … a chorus of silent night that everyone sung beautifully, filling all eyes with a warm glow as the beautiful tune radiated through the small sleepy village. Then the finale as people got ready to say their good-byes, the Dame led everyone outside to meet the final guest for the day, Henry the miniature donkey!
With day 15 complete, we’ve supported some amazing Charites who are working so hard to make a difference just like ubu. We’ve come together to rejoice, sing, love and share experiences that we hope all have enjoyed.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!