On the 1st June 2013 we held this year’s National AGM at Chester Zoo. The weather was good and it was fantastic to see so many members attending for one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had in a few years.
To begin the day we all met at the lecture theatre just outside the zoo for the business portion of the meeting. The agenda was kept short as what everybody was really looking forward to getting into the zoo for lunch and to see the animals. Anne gave her report of the past year, which has seen growth in members as well as those looking for support via our Facebook page. Anne thanked the Committee, our Working Groups and our members and supporters who have made this last year such a success for the Association. All committee members were re-elected.
One of the new things we’re setting up this year are Support Groups. These allows families to get together for mutual support under the banner of the Association but who aren’t local to the Liverpool or Manchester branches. As you can see from our member map, we have members from throughout the Northwest and beyond. One major advantage of the Support Group is that it doesn’t need the complexities of a branch such as bank accounts and a full committee and leaves the Support Group to concentrate on helping each other with mutual support, events and fund-raising. We hope this simplification will allow the Association to set up new groups in areas away from the Liverpool and Manchester centres. In order for Support Groups to become a reality we need to make some changes to our constitution. Chris gave a short presentation on the changes and we are to vote these changes through in an EGM that will be held in a few weeks time.
Finally, the branches each gave a short report on their activities over the past year. Manchester has been holding regular meetings at the hospital to engage with the staff and new parents on the ward. Liverpool is continuing to thrive with monthly meetings at Ronald MacDonald House at Alder Hey and lots of events and fund raising with book stalls, charity shops and more. Oldham and Tameside branch has been inactive this past year with their main fund-raising event, the Saddleworth Beer Walk organised by the Saddleworth Round Table, not taking place.
With the meeting drawn to a close it was time to head into the zoo for some fun. Here are a few of the photos from our members and there are more on our Facebook page.
We hope to see you again at next year’s AGM and at some of the events we hold throughout the year too!
We’ve put some photos up on our website from our recent event at Awesome Walls, Liverpool. Check out our gallery.
The Cardiology Team at Alder Hey are very excited by the arrival of a few bugs in clinic. No, don’t worry, not those kind of bugs. These are buzzing plastic lady-bugs!! These friendly little creatures are designed to help take the pain out of needles. They work by using natural pain relief in the
form of vibration to confuse your nerves and distraction to take your focus away from the needle. Vibration and distraction together help dull or eliminate sharp pain like needles.
Other departments in Alder Hey had tried them out and given how well they were received by patients, The Children’s Heart Association offered to fund three for the cardiology team. So if you are in clinic or on the ward and need a blood test, cannula, finger prick or injection and would like to give Buzzy a try, be sure to ask a member of staff. Be sure to let us know what you think of it.
Jessica Sellars (aged 14) was kind enough to let us take a photograph of her trying Buzzy. She had to have two injections, the first one was a while ago before we got our Ladybugs. When she had her second injection she tried “Buzzy” and said “it felt really cold on her arm but the second injection didn’t hurt as much as the first one”.
If you would like to watch some videos of Buzzy being demonstrated, learn more about it or would like to buy your own, visit the website at www.buzzy4shots.com.
On Friday 1st March we hosted a fashion show in Liverpool at the Days Inn hotel. After a lot of packing, shifting and unpacking (thanks Val & Val’s dad) we were ready to begin. There were 28 people who turned up to see the show. During the evening we had a disco, Irish bingo and raffles too. Afterwards, we had fish and chips with a glass of wine for the adults and soft drinks for the kids.
We’d like to say a big thank you to our models Kali and Ella who both did a grand job and we’re very grateful to you both for doing this. You both looked great in your outfits and the clothes sold as soon as you took each outfit off which was great.
I know all who came enjoyed the bargain hunting and some fantastic bargains were there to be had. Thanks to all who came and showed your support it’s very much appreciated and we made a profit of £453.
We didn’t have a great turn-out on the night however everyone that came really enjoyed themselves. It was great to see some new faces with our new members joining in and meeting others. It was fun to see one of our volunteers, Pearl, who does not normally gamble really enter into the spirit. She decided there would be no stopping her so she claimed the whole of the bottom of the table and set in to stay the night! There were some risk takers with one member winning the most amount of chips on the night deciding to bet it all on number four. On the very last spin it came up, winning them a bottle of Champagne.
Hope to see you all at our Dinner Dance in May.
On the 14th February lots of our members met up at Frankie and Benny’s in Liverpool for tea. The afternoon did not quite go to plan as we received a call from the restaurant about 2 hours before to say the booking had to be cancelled! It all managed to be sorted out and our 34 parents and children sat down to a nice meal and great chat together.
Our 2013 AGM is booked for the 1st June at Chester Zoo. We’d love to see you there for our short meeting and then into the zoo to see some real monkeys! See our events page for more information.
On Sunday 9th December we had our annual Christmas Party at Alder Hey’s 01 clinic. This year we had a Magician in to entertain the children. Those that
watched him said he was magic, they enjoyed him and even participated in some of the magic. The magician also made balloon shapes for children too. Some of the children played in the soft play area in the clinic.
We had new families come along to join in the fun, some of them joined the Association on the day – so we hope you enjoyed your first Christmas party with us.
After the Magician we had our party food and then we had a visit from Santa. Santa had a busy time and had all the children wanting a present from him, it was just as well he brought a full sack of goodies to make sure each child received a present. We had babies from just a few weeks old to teenagers.
Thank you Dad. You know what you did and you were a big hit! Same again next year????