Fundraising groups across the area have joined forces to host a special event for the community. More than 400 people were entertained at Foxfield Railway in Blythe Bridge recently, thanks to Lions Clubs across the area. The event provided a great day out for children with SEND and their families.
Fundraising groups across the area have joined forces to host a special event for the community.
More than 400 people were entertained at Foxfield Railway in Blythe Bridge recently, thanks to Lions Clubs across the area. The event provided a great day out for children with SEND and their families.
Lions from Cheadle, Leek, Gnosall and Newport, Newcastle, Stoke, Stone and Uttoxeter provided free games for the children to play including hook a duck, throwing bean bags into a basket, hoopla and the human fruit machine.
There was also live music, a visit from a fire service crew and engine, as well as entertainment from Dandelion the Clown.
A spokesman for Leek Lions said: “We all enjoyed ourselves in the beautiful sunshine with the children and their families on our first event since lockdown.”
A spokesman for Cheadle Lions said: “Saturday, July 9, saw Cheadle Lions joining up with other Lions Clubs in North Staffordshire to host families who have children with special needs to a day of steam trains and amusements at Foxfield Railway.
“In beautiful weather over 400 people were entertained to rides on the Steam Trains and for those inclined there was a miniature railway running as well.
“In the railway yard, a funfair, trampolines, games, face painting and lots more took place, and with music provided by Ukulymies and animals from Olcote Sanctuary and Feathery Folk Birds of Prey, there was something for everyone to make for a truly memorable day.”
They added: “On behalf of all Lions present, Cheadle Lions would like to thank Foxfield Railway for hosting the event and for all those contributors taking part which made for such a memorable day for the families attending.”
A spokesman for Uttoxeter Lions said: “On a sunny day, earlier this month, the Lions of local area, were able to get together face to face to provide a great day for children with SEND and their families.
“This is usually an annual event but due to the pandemic we have not been able to hold it for the last two years.
“Added to that, Foxfield suffered some vandalism a few weeks ago and we were not even sure up until three days before the event that we would be able to go ahead and if we did, the trains may not be able to run.
“All was well however, and the families began arriving at 10am and there was a steady stream of people through the gates all day.”
The Uttoxeter Lions spokesman continued: “The face painting stand was really busy as always and there was a variety of butterflies, unicorns and spiders on show.
“The rides were very popular not just with the children and their families but also a few Lions were seen having a go too.
“Musical entertainment was provided by a local ukulele band who played and sang some popular songs for people to sing and dance along to.
“The owls proved a great hit as always and the blood bikes were there with their mini motorbike for the children to sit on.
“A fire engine came for part of the day and this proved a great attraction and the children were given the opportunity to sit in the engine. Dandelion the Clown was also with us and used his tricks to keep everyone on their toes.”
They added: “Three out of the four steam trains were able to run and everyone loved their ride on the train and looking out for the animal pictures which were part of the quiz to keep them entertained on the train. The mini train was running all day.
“Big thanks to all the Lions from the area for their hard work on the day and also to Dandelion, the Blood Bikers, Feathery Folk, the Ukulellies, the Fire Service for giving up their time to come and help us.”
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