Sunday 26th September - LFWBD's big come back to London Zoo !
Local families with bleeding disorders made a big come back last weekend with nearly 150 members and their families joining us for our first face to face trip since our bowling event in February 2020.
London Zoo was our chosen day out. This was where we first launched Local families in September 2019 and so, it seemed only right that after so long, we returned to celebrate our relaunch. The committee did a great job at pulling the day together whether that be behind the scenes in the planning and organising (thanks Gemma and Carreen) or there on the day leading the groups (thanks to Michelle, Natalie, Sarah, Emma and Josh). It may have been a while since we planned an event but, the team are just as great as they always have been and did all they could to ensure the day ran smoothly and everyone felt welcome.
It really was a brilliant day. We met many new families as well as some that have been with us since our launch in March 2019. Families travelled not only from London and the home counties where most of our members are based, but also Oxford, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Reading, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield and more. The children were full of fun, laughter and mischief - just as it should be - and the parents had the chance to share their experiences and learn from others. For many, it was the first time they had met another family living with a bleeding disorder.
After meeting and greeting and having the biggest group photo yet, we broke off into smaller groups for a tour around the zoo giving us the chance to talk to other families. The sun shone on us and we even had the members lawn to ourselves where lunch was served giving us another opportunity to share time together.
Again, we were overwhelmed by the number of families that came to join us, demonstrating that the purpose behind this charity, bringing families together to offer "support by families, for families" is something that is valued and much needed by our community. We see how much families enjoy and benefit from their time together and this drives all that we do. We will continue to hold events like this for as long as we are able to thanks largely to the committee and our Trustees who volunteer their time and, our fundraisers who work so hard to support these events.
We hope that all those who attended enjoyed the day and we very much look forward to welcoming guests again in the new year at our bowling event in central London.