More than 150 WAY members & children got together this weekend to help each other through Father’s Day.
Nearly 70 WAYers spent the weekend at the YHA National Forest in Derbyshire while 90+ adults and children gathered in Dorset at Hoburne Naish Holiday Park to meet new friends and make new memories.
Rainy weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as grown ups and children alike threw themselves into BBQs, quizzes, kayaking, go-karting and more.
“We managed to spend a large amount of the weekend outside, eating dinner on the patio while some parents and children played football on the grass,” said WAY’s Membership Manager Colette Scarbrough-Jelfs.
“On the Saturday we planted bulbs in biodegradable plant pots that the children decorated and added letters to their fathers/mothers into the soil,” she added. “Along with the bubble release on the Sunday, this created a positive inclusive way to remember those we had lost. Everyone seemed to enjoy the weekend, with all promising to book again next year.”
Here’s what some of our members told us:
“Another great WAY holiday. So lovely to meet up with friends, old and new, and make new memories.” Michelle (Derbyshire)
“The power of a wonderful relaxed and fun WAY weekend, I'm sitting here with a happy heart feeling refreshed and like I can face anything.” Caroline (Derbyshire)
“Wild weather hasn't dampened the spirits of the amazing group of people I have had the pleasure to meet this weekend. In a very short period of time both new and old members of WAY bonded and settled into a supportive community group. It was heartening to see everyone becoming "family". It was an amazing weekend.” Sylvia (Dorset)
Here are some photos...