THE SOUND of festive fun rang out when children and mums who have fled domestic violence attended a charity Christmas party.
More than 240 guests at the Village Hotel Group in Shirley were kept entertained with a children’s disco, gingerbread decorating, making snacks for reindeers, decorating Christmas baubles, cake and sweet skewers, dance floor games, plus arts and crafts.
And KidsOut, who provide children who arrive at refuges with new toys and carefree fun days out, made sure the adults weren’t forgotten with
nail painting and head and shoulder massages.
Father Christmas made time out of his busy schedule to make the party and give each child a gift.
Nazreen Bi, from Balsall Heath CAT -Children Action Team, said, “I would like to thank KidsOut and all the volunteers today for this amazing party for the children we support across the Solihull area.
“It’s made such a difference and brings so much joy to children going through tough and challenging times. It’s been a wonderful day.”
But none of this would have gone ahead if it wasn’t for Shirley businessowner and charity ambassador, Emma Kemp, who approached the hotel about the idea for the event on behalf of KidsOut.
Sara Williams, chief executive of KidsOut said, “It was such a joy to see everybody having such a fantastic time. On behalf of KidsOut, I would like to thank the incredible team at The Village Hotel Group, and give a special thank you to the many local volunteers who made it such a special day for the children.
“We heavily rely on volunteers and partners to enable us to ensure at least 90 per cent of all funds received are used to help the children.
“Often the children arrive at refuges with no more than the clothes they are wearing.”