Fun Day at Mudchute Farm
What a wonderfully typical English summer day, grey skies, showers, heavy rain. Spirits were undimmed and smiles broad as 57 children and their teachers and carers arrived at Mudchute farm in the Docklands. They came from JFK School in Stratford, Westlea in Edmonton and Bridge School in Holloway, arriving by Taverners minibuses. Wonderful to see what a difference those minibuses make!
The children split into groups and went off to feed the turkeys, sheep, llamas, pigs, horses, goats and donkeys before returning for their vegetable pasta lunch. Robert Clowes and Jonathan Fordham from NatWest/RBS abandoned all dignity to climb into Mario and Luigi costumes. Amanda White, our lovely Head of Membership and Regions from HQ morphed into Mickey Mouse and the wonderful Carol Overton became Hello Kitty.
The only drawback for the characters is that the paper mâché heads are hot and airless and have very limited vision so the characters had to be led around. The children’s faces lit up as they entered the room and the children squealed out the characters’ names and rushed to hug them. Not a dry eye amongst the adults!
They then went off to feed the ducks and ducklings (just don’t even think ‘a l’orange’) and it was time for them to collect the goodie bags from Mario and Luigi at NatWest and a fluffy toy each from the Lady Tavs. A special thank you to the very kind donations for toys – they were so appreciated. Noisy farewells all round and silence descended for another year! Special thanks to Mudchute, they love what the Lady Tavs do and waived their charges for the day.
Original event details:
We are holding our annual ‘Fun Day’ for around 50 special needs children from 3 or 4 London schools on Friday 28 June. It is at Mudchute farm in the Docklands, http://www.mudchute.org/, a surreal experience looking at sheep with Canary Wharf Tower as a backdrop.
If you haven’t been to one before, it gives you the opportunity to see how the minibuses we raise money for are used, and what joy they give.
The loveliest thing that happened last year was when a young lad, who had joined a new school 10 days earlier and not spoken once in that time, was shouting ‘turkey’ along with the other children as they went round the farm. His teacher was amazed, we toughies welled up!
We also need 50/55 fluffy toys, can anybody help? We could start a fund for them, they are £5-10 each so £250-£500 would do it.
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