My name is Kathryn and I live in Beverley with my five-year-old daughter who has an undiagnosed genetic condition. My daughter is called Rosalind and is a gorgeous, happy, sociable, little girl. Rosalind has had so many tests, with still more lined up, and sadly her ability has regressed which makes it hard to find activities that she can enjoy.
The Santa visit at Sundown Adventureland was our third SWAN UK event. It was a refreshing change to be able to chat to other parents and not be immediately quizzed on ‘what’s wrong’, which is a question I get asked far too often.
Whilst the SWAN UK community is clearly very diverse it immediately felt like a friendly, supportive environment and I hope more people become active members in my area and we get to more events in the future.
Sundown Adventureland was Rosalind’s first ever visit to meet Santa. As my only child it was really special for me to share in the kind of experience I’d been looking forward to before becoming a mum. Rosalind doesn’t have any understanding of toys so her enjoyment was about the whole day and I was probably more excited about our actual Santa visit that she was! She absolutely loved the Santa ride, got a cuddle from the snow queen and enjoyed the overall atmosphere of excitement on the day. The staff were great and Sundown Adventureland was a brilliant sensory experience. I would never have tried to book a Santa visit without being part of a group – managing the wheelchair and needing more time to get on and off the Santa ride would have been far too difficult. I felt a lot more relaxed being with others who understood. It was a long journey for Rosalind but she went home very happy and I’ve got a very special ‘mum’ memory of talking my little girl to visit Santa.
Thank you SWAN UK.