Crafts, a snow machine and an art exhibition are the perfect ingredients for a Christmas celebration
Laughter and smiles filled a Christmas celebration as children came together for a special occasion.
The youngsters, all of whom have been supported by our programme of support for children and young people, Nicky’s Way, attended the Hospice in Hardwick Lane for a special event earlier this month (December 6).
Featuring a variety of crafts, face painting, hair braiding and even a snow machine, the event was also a space where the children could remember those that have died.
A special exhibition of artwork entitled ‘Love and Loss’ completed by the children was also an important feature, as it expressed their feelings around their grief, love and loss. There was also a memory tree where names and messages written on tags were placed.
Julie Baerwolf, a specialist psychotherapist and lead of the Nicky’s Way programme, said: “It was wonderful to see so many of our Nicky’s Way children and their families enjoying themselves at our Christmas event.
“It was an important occasion, not just because it gave the children a chance to come together and have fun doing some festive activities, but it also allowed families to connect with each other and to normalise their situations by meeting others who have gone through something similar.
“The artwork display was also compelling. Each piece of art was so different, capturing various emotions and feelings. Art is a wonderful way to let other people into your world, and this exhibition did that perfectly, and the children were so proud of their work.”
Also at the event was Robert Baxter from Chassis Cab, who again kindly gifted tickets for a performance of this year’s pantomime, The Legend of Robin Hood, being shown at the Theatre Royal to Nicky’s Way.
“We’re also grateful to Robert and Chassis Cab for their continued support. A trip to the pantomime is a great experience, and it’s wonderful that Robert and Chassis Cab’s generosity will make it happen from some of our Nicky’s Way participants,” added Julie.
The hospice’s Nicky’s Way service is an open-access service for bereaved children aged 4-18 years, where children can receive one-to-one therapeutic support and peer support through group work. A prior connection or experience with the Hospice is not needed. You can find out more by clicking here.