In August the families from Stevenage and North Herts enjoyed a day trip to the seaside together. After the coach arrived in Southend, the children rushed to splash and swim in the sea along with some of the adults. A few families had brought camping stoves to brew coffee on the beach and everyone was happy to share out the delicious food they’d packed for their picnics.
The children were excited to spot two jellyfish and attempted to scoop up a tiny crab. After the water receded, a passerby with a metal detector taught the children how the machine worked. Before long, several of the children were digging in the sand to uncover a twenty pence piece.
One of the girls told a volunteer: “I had never seen the tide go out so far.” Other children mentioned how much they’d enjoyed playing football in the sand, swimming in the sea, and drinking slushies. A day spent relaxing and laughing with friends - both English and Syrian - made the trip a huge success.