In August Capstone SE headed to the zoo, zoo, zoo.

Almost 30 Capstone fostering families spent a dry and sunny day at London Zoo, along with staff. We met at the front entrance and families were free to spend time looking around the zoo at the various talks and displays including Penguin Beach Live, Birds of Prey and Lunch with the Otters.

At lunchtime we all met up, there were many smiling faces of children and adults as they had an opportunity to catch up with familiar faces and meet new ones. Then it was time to go off and explore other areas of the zoo. As the zoo closed, everyone was starting to leave with aching feet and broad smiles from a great day at the zoo. 
 
Feedback from the trip included, Foster carer M said “We had a lovely day, thank you, F said he enjoyed watching the penguins and A enjoyed the monkeys and their antics. They were pleased to see P and O again, who looked after them when I had a weeks respite back in April.”


 
Foster carer N commented “It was great to meet some of the other guys and put names to faces. The kids really enjoyed that we all sat and had lunch together and that they got to see some great animals. Their favourite was the lions and the giraffes. Thank you.”

A message from Olwyn Skinner, Registered Manager: “What a wonderful day at the zoo, I had such a lovely time meeting carers and young people.  A lovely sunny day was enjoyed by so many of us. Thank you to everyone who came and made the day so special, I particularly liked watching the penguins and the elegant giraffes.”

Lara Children’s Champion from Dartford was thrilled with a beautiful handmade Thank you card that was posted to her from two of the children that had enjoyed their day.


The Eastcote office have been busy with three activities for our young people to start off the summer holidays.

We started in Luton where we headed for the MFA Bowling Alley, with eleven young people and nine carers, we enjoyed a game of bowling followed by  lunch. One young person commented “we all played together, had a good time and met new people”.

Next, we were in Croydon at the Oxygen Trampoline Park, with six young people and four carers. One carer took three buses to get to the venue and her young person had never been on a trampoline before, what a fantastic new experience! A young person commented “I enjoyed the activity and it allowed me to meet new people, who I will keep in touch with”.

Our last port of call was Hollywood Bowl in Finchley, where ten young people and four carers joined in the fun. Comments from young people included “today was really fun because I met other people, played bowling and had a lovely burger”, “I have enjoyed everything and would love to come again. This was amazing, fun and crazy”


Sharon Dodd Macmillan HikeOn Saturday 8th July, I completed the MacMillan Mighty Hike along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.  The hike started in Weymouth, along the cliffs past Durdle Door and down into Lolworth.  First 10 miles completed and first rest stop!  Suntan applied cap on and off we set for the next 7 miles.  This was really tough in the heat as we were up and down cliff faces.  They were incredibly steep and took us over the MoD firing ranges and past the “lost village” of Tyneham.  The final pit stop was at mile 17 then it was a mere 6.7 miles to the finish!  The finish was near Corfe Castle and it was utter elation to cross that finish line and be greeted with a glass of fizz.

I did the walk with my friend Liz.  We had done both the Moon Walk and Shine walk but decided that for this year we wanted something more challenging.  We certainly got it.  However, as we had been training since December ( in all weathers) we were more than ready for this walk!  Typical of England though to give us one of it’s hottest days and not the ideal trekking weather!

We did the walk in 9 hours 30 mins and of the 1203 that started, 1087 finished and I was a very respectable 103!

MacMillan is a very worthy cause as we all know someone who has been affected by Cancer and so are familiar with the great support that MacMillan offers to families and sufferers during a most difficult time.

Now what challenge do I do for 2018 . . . . . .


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