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In April, the first Chestnut Tree House Olympics took place, organised by Rose, a young girl we care for. Fast forward to 14 July, and the Chestnut Tree House summer Olympics were held at the House. Children, families and the care team were joined by our Vice President, Olympic Champion Sally Gunnell OBE for a morning of fun events.
The original event in April was organised in just 48 hours by Rose, and included a wheelchair race, obstacle course, and an egg and spoon race. Rose had prepared posters, which were displayed around the House the day before, as well as medals and small trophies.
Inspired by the success of the event – which involved children, nurses and members of the fundraising team – our activities team decided to build on the idea and create the Chestnut Tree House summer Olympics.
Despite a few drops of rain early in the day, the sun was shining, and the morning was full of smiles and laughter. We even had a visit from Fidget the pony, which the children loved, and The Pizza Oven came to make everyone pizzas for lunch.
The morning kicked off with an opening ceremony, complete with a handmade Olympic torch, before the events started. These included an egg and spoon obstacle dash, target shoot out, hurdles, and a relay race. Sally took part alongside the children, getting involved in all the activities. She even brought her 1992 Olympic Gold medal with her for the children to try on.
After the events, Sally presented trophies to the winners of each category and all the children who took part were given a medal and certificate.
This is what Chestnut Tree House is all about – being here to offer specialist care, but also creating moments and memories. We’re already looking forward to the Chestnut Tree House Olympics 2020!