Sunday 17th August was our annual Blue Sky Fun Day, a chance for the entire Blue Sky family to get together.
We were lucky enough to call the tranquil village of Figheldean our home for the day. It was the perfect chance for Blue Sky staff and foster carers to chat, meet and be silly on any one of the great rides and games. And for the children (both foster children and birth children), it was an opportunity to socialise, play games, eat ice cream, have fun and be around other foster families.
Strumdiddlyumptious, our fabulous band for the day, kindly donated their time to provide entertainment. They could be heard playing throughout the event, with music for everyone that echoed right from the Tug of War over to the fish & chip van!
Inside the hall, there was a photo booth with props for everyone to take some pictures and make memories, and amazing face painting which got everyone, young and old, into the spirit of the day.
Our very own Simon Lockyer could be found, in the afternoon sunshine, taking his chances on the Tug of War along with lots more of the Blue Sky carers and staff; including Rupert, our Deputy Operations Director. The Blue Sky staff team lost, but the victory went to some of our foster carers and children.
Later in the afternoon, Simon took to the stage to express his gratitude to everyone who came, the hard work they do, how proud we are of the children in our care and happy we are to give them the chance to be children in a safe and fun place.
When the time came to give out the first Alex Award for creativity, it was an emotional moment, both to remember Alex and to see Jack, our winner, accept his award. Of course, the afternoon could not go by without thanking our Katrina for all her hard work and dedication in organising the day. One of our young people was heard saying that she wished she could start the day all over again as she had such a brilliant time.
Our photo booth photographer, and Blue Sky administrator Jacqui, said “the day was amazing, everyone had so much fun and there were so many activities!” One of our carers described it as a “truly fab day”, whilst another said, “we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and Jack was overwhelmed at receiving the first Alex Award”.
In the words of another of our carers, we are all “just one big family”.