Our first branch meeting for 2013 will take place this Thursday at 7.30pm in Ronald McDonald House. Look forward to seeing you there.
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????
On Saturday 8th Dec we held our grotto at Stadt Moers for the second year in a row. Gordon and Aaron did a fantastic job of decorating the venue for us. It looked fab.
Santa turned up to visit all the good boys and girls and he even brought them an early Christmas present. We had some non-believers who came but I can assure you they left believing in Father Christmas. We had cake decorating and balloons and tombola which kept us busy for the three hours we were there.
Thank you to Father Christmas for coming along and an extra special thank you to Jo, Gordon & Aaron.
Saturday 27th October was our Halloween party at Alder Hey. We had a good turn out and we decorated the clinic before families arrived. We had prepared “Trick or Treat” bags for the children to decorate themselves ready to put all there treats and goodies in.
We’d also got lots of games for the kids to play; we had dress a Witch, these were cardboard and they had a variety of outfits children could colour in and coloured glitter glue to add a sparkle to any witches outfit; we had make a spider using cauliflowers and tangerines plus straws and we had best dressed pumpkinks and best dressed outfits.
Thank you to everyone who made an effort here and came dressed to impress also those who made scary and fun pumpkins.
Another game we’d prepared was “duck apple”. This involved putting apples in bowls of water and the children had to dunk their heads to try to get their apple out. I must say the children were very good at this. The highlight of the event had to be when baby George crawled for the first time to have a go, his mum was so delighted! It just shows the children enjoy the events we do – it must have been good if a 9 month old crawls for the first time just to join in.
See the slideshow.
Due to holidays, there’ll be no Liverpool branch meeting in July or August. The next branch meeting will be 6th September 2012. You can still email or call helpline if you need our help.
The flyer and menu for our 2012 Ball of Hearts is now available for download from our website. Tickets are £40 each. Hope to see you there.
Val Frew, chair of the Alder Hey branch is currently on a 3 month secondment from work. During this time she is directing all her effort and energy to supporting the CHA. Read what she’s been up to in her first 7 weeks on her blog at heartchild.info/web/category/vals-blog.
14 December 2008 saw our annual Christmas Party at 01 Clinic Alder Hey hospital. This year’s party was full and we had to stop taking names over 2 weeks before and had a waiting list. Our party starts at 1.30pm till around 4pm. I had booked a children’s entertainer and was a little concerned when at 1.20pm he had not shown up. (Well when i say a little concerned – as those who were there I think will agree I was a bit more than a little nervous). Gill had a Christmas CD for emergency we could borrow and was trying to decide who coming was a teacher, as they may know some party games and could help us out (so be warned for the future come prepared just in case) . Thankfully just after 1.20pm he arrived and took about 10 mins for him to set up. I must say the children were being entertained and some of the adults joined in too.
The children must all have been very good this year as they had a very special visitor. Santa came and said hello and gave each child a present and guess what – they all got what they wanted. Santa must have got their lists or just known what they would want. My nephews are now 7 & 9 and don’t quite believe as they once use to but they did say to me they heard Santa on the roof and were sure they had seen him coming into the hospital – how great would that be if he really did come to visit all the children. Sure enough they were right, he did come and visit.
So children, be good and he might come again next year.
Our Halloween party was held at Alder Hey and just a little earlier than the official date of 31st Oct. We had a good response to the party – not too busy but busy enough – and again we had an entertainer. The Children and some adults got dressed up in their best outfits and people really did make a fantastic effort so well done to everyone who joined in the fun. Michele Casey and her family not only looked great but also brought along some fantastic decorations for us to use, so thank you. My skull necklace and bracelet (my new best jewellery) were popular with the children who wanted to see them. My mum bought me these in America and i was glad she did.
We even had food at the party which we gave names to. So things such as traditional jam sandwiches were renamed. Can you guess the name of these?! There are some photographs from the party online on Flickr.
Yellow Duck, Liverpool. We plan months in advance for our days out and when it is a summer trip we assume (wrongly) it will be a beautiful summers day. Well in advance I had arranged this day, booked 2 ducks, arranged a swap in my work and booked a private room for our picnic lunches afterwards. What I forgot to book (well I wish I could) was the weather – it was rain rain rain.
We had departure times of 11.45am and noon so we all met at 11.30am at the stop at the Albert Dock ready for our departures. We had our photo’s taken then started to board. The 1st duck left and then the second one which I was on.
We had a commentator who was telling us about buildings of interest. When we hit the city centre as Liverpool is Capital of Culture for 2008, we have over 100 Superlamb Bananas which are very colourful. The children on my side would shout “Superlamb Banana” and then all children would dash to that side, then someone else would shout here is one on this side and the children dashed from one side to the other.
It was pouring with rain so we had to have the plastic side on so although the view wasn’t too bad it wasn’t marvelous. The children had a fabulous time and the tour lasted about 50 minutes. When we went into the dock we all had to scream as loud as we could for splash down and I am reliably informed by 2 children there are sharks in the dock water (what lovely imaginations they have). On the way out of the water we had to sing “We all live in a yellow submarine” and even without music we did pretty well – watch out as who knows, we might even get picked for Liverpool’s got talent.
We then headed for our picnic lunch and that was enjoyable, then on to see museums, etc. I believe a good day was had by all despite the bad weather and it was a good turnout.