Gloucestershire Young Carers Christmas Party

Christmas fun at Gloucestershire Airport

The Christmas Party for the Gloucestershire Young Carers at Gloucestershire Airport was a party to remember. After getting through the airport security with Rudolph and Snowman in charge, the day started well when the 15 children had snowball fights in the airport’s departure lounge and got into trouble with Rudolph for not let him join in any reindeer games!

With all the introductions to the fly2help team and the DeciBelles done, we were marshalled across the airport taxiways to the Fire Station where the children were shown the ropes (and the hoses) by three of the airport’s finest fire fighters!

The weather outside was frightful, so we marched the children to Aeros Flight Training, via the seaplane where we all had a competition to see who could jump the highest.

Once in, the not as cold as outside hangar, the children had an opportunity to climb aboard the sleighs also known as a Piper warrior and a Cessna 182, where Santa’s little helper, Abi, showed the children what all the various buttons and switches did. This got the children very excited about flying so on the way back to the Departure Lounge, they all pretended to be aeroplanes by walking on a winter taxiway.

With the chestnuts roasting on an open fire (pizza and chips from the Aviator) by the time we got back to the Terminal Building, the children had a well earned rest before the afternoon’s excitement.

The children went outside after lunch as they had heard rumours of a visitor arriving in a one horse open sleigh. Unfortunately, the sleigh was unserviceable so Santa arrived by Heliflight’s helicopter in company with Douglas Bear and the lovely DeciBelles. The party was about to start!

To help liven up the children ready for the dancing, they all enjoyed a celebration cake provided by Santa’s other helpers, Asda’s two lovely Community Champions. This went down well especially as the cake was cut by Santa. Elf had also arrived by this time and the children were laughing all the way to the hangar.

The Christmas songs were sung by the DeciBelles and they also had a lovely surprise for the children when they told them they had a new song, Take Flight, that had been written especially for fly2help and they wanted them to be the first to hear it. The children and the fly2help team loved it and were dancing around the hangar surrounded by jets and helicopters.

What a brilliant day and what a great way to finish Air Smiles for 2017.

We were definitely laughing all the way, making spirits bright. Let’s hope 2018 will bring more smiles to many other faces.

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