Take 2- Chessington!

Sep 22, 2016

Post Pals held its second big trip to Chessington World of Adventures! Over 40 people had an amazing weekend.

Saturday was spent having fun in the theme park and feeding the Sea lions. Poor Kennedy’s Dad ended up with a head covered in fish juice!
Afterwards we had a very special moment. Earlier this year Faith was taken off life support and given 2-4 hours to live, amazingly she is still here fighting on. Despite turning 15 this week (she had a lovely cake at the meal) she had never been on a theme park ride before. With some careful planning, stopping the ride for a while and help with lifting equipment, we got Faith on the carousel! She was able to go around in her parents arms while the princess carriage gently rocked. A very special moment for us all.
In the evening we all met for a group meal and some of the kids did lots of dancing with the entertainers.
Sunday started with meeting some animals which all the children loved. Our Pal Malachi is blind (caused by his brain tumour when he was a baby) and has always wanted to feel a bird so he knows what they are like. Post Pals organised for Malachi to meet an owl at our party but he was too unwell to attend. When staff found this out they radioed down to the keeper looking after birds and they brought 2 different size owls up just for Malachi to feel!
Later on we met for a pizza lunch and Vikki entertained the children by making balloon models, only she isn’t very good at it! Tegan was good at inventing new species to fit roughly what the balloon model looked like and lots of the young ones had a go at making their own. Mean while Jaymee was being dragged on big rides by the older ones!
Lots of families stayed until closing time and all went home with a smile on their face!
Here are just some of the pictures
Ella’s Mum said
“Many smiles happened this weekend, all the little extras made the trip even more special. We definitely will not forget such an amazing weekend and will be forever grateful to everybody involved in making this possible.”
Lewis said;
“I had so much fun doing everything, finding the treasure, meeting the animals and all you can eat”
Kennedys Mum said;
“This weekend we were treated to an amazing break at Chessington World of Adventures. The wonderful charity Post Pals kindly paid for everything! We got to stay in the Azteca hotel, feed sealions, go on rides, meet and greet other animals, eat lots of food and so on. We had so much fun and felt so lucky to be there. It was a very much needed family weekend. We got to meet some other Post Pal families who were all so wonderful. I got emotional watching Kennedy on one of the rides. She was laughing and smiling away just like a normal 3 year old and it made me so happy. It was so great for Teigan and Riley too as they go through and miss out on so much so it was so good to just see them letting their hair down.”

“The memories we’ve been given us will help us through the hard times, Seeing Rachel so happy, smiling meant the world and the next day at hospital she couldn’t stop talking about it”