Making the most of the beautiful summer, our supported children and their families had the beach brought to them, as Christopher’s had all things seaside-y for families to enjoy at the beach themed activity day.

Supported children and siblings had the chance to take part in a variety of summer themed arts and crafts – first up creating their very own sun visors – very important to help keep feeling and looking cool!

Next up was a chance to imagine life on the beach by creating footprint pictures which were then decorated with sand and glitter to create snazzy sandals!

There was also a ‘ice’ chance to create their very own whippy ice cream cone – using some lovely coloured shaving foam and cardboard waffly cone.

Those with a sweet tooth were in for a treat as they could enjoy some very clever ‘never melt’ ice creams – made with cupcakes and frosting (and the obligatory flake of course!)

There was more fun to be had as two donkeys from a local Donkey sanctuary trotted by to say hello and were delighted to meet the children, and even more delighted to find lots of tasty grass in the hospice garden.


The highlight of the day however, was a very special and magical visit from a real life mermaid. She chatted to the children about life in the ocean, posed for some photos and even took part in a sing-a-long (Under the Sea of course!) before swimming back home.

Head of Care at Christopher’s Anne Bridgman said, “We all had such a lovely time at the beach activity day. A lot of the children we support won’t get to go to the beach this summer so we wanted to bring the beach, and all that goes with it, to them. The children loved to pet and stroke the friendly donkeys and we feel very lucky that a real life mermaid swam all the way here to see us! It was just wonderful to see the children’s faces light up when they saw her and her beautiful tail! Our activity days give families an opportunity to simply be together and have fun, whilst creating very special memories to treasure. It’s a big team effort so would like to thank all those who help make them such a success!”