50th Anniversary Family Fun Day
The charity may have changed over the years - from a regional NDCS group to an independent charity and there have been ups and downs but we can safely say that Dorset DCS is now a thriving successful charity. The Trustees have worked hard to fulfil its aims in supporting hearing impaired children and their families in Dorset, by giving their free time as volunteers to ensure its success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all trustees, past and present, for their time and commitment.
We haven’t just survived though – we have thrived, and Shirley Sorbie, our long standing trustee and the heart of our charity, was once asked to speak (at what was then the NDCS National Council) about the success of Dorset DCS - a very proud moment for the charity. We have also been very fortunate to have a good relationship with Hearing Support Service and Audiology and have been able to work together to help our children. We thank them for their support in what we do. The charity goes from strength to strength and we consider ourselves so lucky to have such wonderful children and families as members.
To mark this special year we celebrated with our 50th Anniversary Family Fun Day Party at The Orangery in Wimborne with its three acres of leisure garden. The day was attended not only by our current children and families but also by past members, teachers, audiologists and the children who are now grownups and some who now have children of their own!
What a day we had with 260 adults and children attending with plenty for everyone to enjoy including inflatables, mini golf, giant chess, table tennis, table football, basketball, beach volleyball, petanque, football, glitter tattoos, children’s entertainer and more. For this occasion we even hired a photo booth. Everyone had a lot of fun trying on and swapping the props for the pictures! We also had a sweet cart with free sweets for all the children (and some adults) and of course we had our usual favourites, the Hog Roast BBQ and Ice Creams.
We also had a visit from Deb Fullbrook and he amazing hearing dog, Elmo from Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. She talked about the charity and gave a brilliant demonstration of how Elmo helps her. We finished the day but cutting the cake and a speech from Robin Barrett, retired Educational Audiologist.
We received so many messages saying how much everyone enjoyed the day and how special it was to meet up with old friends and celebrate the anniversary. The trustees are volunteers who give up their time freely to make these events happen, but it is so worthwhile to see everyone enjoying themselves so much! Please keep feeding back and letting us know if you are enjoying the events, it makes things even more worthwhile for our brilliant volunteers and also lets us know if we are on the right track.
Here's to the next 50 years!
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