By swan uk member and parent rep for bristol, Louise James
22 families and hot air balloons … what could go wrong?
Well … nothing. The weather was dry and we met at 11am – a mass of us searching for that pink SWAN UK hoody that symbolises ‘it’s okay you can approach me, we are friends’. Children were happily flapping and rocking in excitement and us families began slightly nervously introducing ourselves to new faces whom we have chatted to so freely online.
We made plans to picnic by balloons around 12 for those that wanted to and others happily spent precious time with family that can be so difficult to do at times. At around 12 we somehow managed to find each other a big group of us picnicking with a giant lion balloon, sandwiches, Sue’s home-made Nutella brownies and feeding tubes – our normal.
Families were completely relaxed because we were the same – all very different, but the same.
Children had a great time: Scott and Ethan had a little run around, Cieron was picnic snuffling, and Georgia was happily clutching her Gruffalo book singing to everyone she met. Ella mysteriously turned into a lion and Mitch clapped with delight at the sight of the balloons. So many different happy memories were made that wouldn’t be possible without SWAN UK.