Kids x-mas party 2014

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Kids Xmas Party 2014 - a hit with all of us, children and their carers

Our Kids Xmas Party was a hit with all of us, children and their carers alike. Over 30 local children under 10 and their families crowded in to watch Captain Fantastic’s interactive DJ extravaganza. Kids (and some grown-ups!) jumped, danced, sang and marveled as Captain Fantastic invited them to perform their best moves, alone and in groups - he really knows the songs that bring everyone onto the dance floor. Mimicking a talent show, some kids did acrobatics, while others using inflatable props, played air-guitar and air-saxophone or lip sang wearing the coolest wigs. Games, quizzes and other competitions were also popular, but the highlight of the show was the bubble machine which created a magical atmosphere.

Many slices of pizza as well as samosas and home-baked cakes were happily consumed by children who seemed to be constantly hungry! Bubbles filled the air as each child left with at least one present from the Lucky Dip. Everyone said what a lovely time they’d had. Parents much appreciated the free entertainment in these hard times. We hope this will be an annual event!

The Kids Party followed the last meeting of the year for the All African Women’s Group – the asylum seekers’ self-help group based at Crossroads, many of whose members are homeless and destitute. The timing enabled their children to join in with other children. Their Christmas was brightened by Legal Action for Women’s Christmas Appeal, which raised an unprecedented £6,000 thanks to the generosity of a private donor who matched the amount raised from the public. Over 40 women and children benefited from the Appeal. Many local people had donated large quantities of quality children’s and adult clothing, which was available free on the day.

Many people contributed to making the event a success but we’d particularly like to thank: Domino Pizzas in Chalk Farm, Bhavna Sweet Mart and Daylan’s who donated food; staff at Lloyds Bank in Kentish Town who volunteered on the day as well as making a donation, as did a manager of HSBC in Willesden and Indulgence Nail Beauty Salon; everyone who donated jumble, and of course our wonderful volunteers without whom the Party could not have happened.

 

 

 Crossroads Women, Registered charity no. 1134495, Company limited by guarantee no. 7087291