This news is a bit late making it onto the website, but we’ve been remembering a happy summer day out now that the weather has turned chilly.
On the last Bank Holiday weekend in August, HWSF organised and sponsored a trip to Paradise Park in Broxbourne for a group of Syrian and Kurdish children along with their families. It was the first time that many of the children had been on a train, and they enjoyed the trip as well as the minibus ride to the park. Following a picnic lunch, the children played on the swings and raced about in their swimsuits in the lagoon. Adults and children were entranced by the entertainer and his balloon animals, as well as by the wide variety of exotic animals in the wildlife park.
A family of HWSF supporters took the children for a ride on the woodland railway, and as the train moved off, the children’s excitement was visible on their faces.
One HWSF volunteer described how delightful it was to watch these families finally getting a chance to relax and enjoy themselves after they’d spent years in a war zone. She explained that while volunteers may come home exhausted, they would surely find it as rewarding as she did.