Daredevil youngsters enjoyed an action-packed, adrenaline-filled day at Pleasurewood Hills. The trip was organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) for siblings who have a brother or sister that uses EACH services, or have been bereaved.
Twenty-four children of all ages took part and enjoyed five hours of rides, shows and attractions at the popular Lowestoft resort. They split into three groups but came together at lunchtime, enjoying their packed lunches while watching a circus show.
“We had a fantastic day and the children were so excited,” said EACH Family Support Practitioner Katie Chapman.
“They loved the rides and there was something for everyone, depending on what they felt confident going on. One of the little girls was particularly daring and pleased with herself because it was the first time she’d ever been on a rollercoaster.
“Everyone gave their all and the most popular ride was the log flume. The children kept wanting to go on it and we were getting wetter and wetter!
“They had a whale of a time and one of the loveliest things about the whole day was the friendships formed. Children who didn’t know each other particularly well got on brilliantly and enjoyed spending time together.
“It was also lovely the way the older ones looked after the younger ones and showed their caring side.”
Four members of staff were supported by four volunteers, who gave up their time to help make the trip such a success.
“It wouldn’t have been possible without them, so our thanks go to those who supported us on the day,” added Katie.
“We’re also very grateful to Pleasurewood Hills, who very kindly surprised us with ‘priority passes’ when we arrived in the morning. It meant we didn’t have to queue for the rides and were able to pack so much more into our day.”
The trip took place on Tuesday, 25th July. EACH runs sibling days during the school holidays, for children aged five and upwards.
It allows them to come together, have fun and make friends in a safe environment. In addition to The Nook in Framingham Earl, EACH also has bases in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.