Birthday party for kids who missed out during lockdown

CHILDREN who missed out on birthday parties during lockdown were able to have a big party at St Saviour’s Community Centre.

Treasure hunts, face-painting, a penalty shoot-out, bouncy castles, bubbles and all the ice cream you could wish for were enjoyed by hundreds of families.

Organiser Lisa Tempest wanted to do something to celebrate how well youngsters on the island coped with the two lockdowns.

Deedee Dai (4) getting her face painted at the Bailiwick children's party. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29505281)

‘For the children who had lockdown birthdays or couldn’t see their friends on their birthdays because of the lockdown, we thought it would be a nice idea to throw them a party to make up for what they missed,’ she said.

‘This last year hasn’t been easy for anyone and I think the children have done really well so this was a way they could get together with family and friends and have some fun, all for free.’

The queue for ice creams at the Bailiwick Children's Party at St Saviour's Community Centre (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29505279)

The community came together to sponsor the activities, with Nedgroup Trust buying everyone’s ice cream, which proved to be a real hit.

It took place from 2pm until 4pm, with more than 300 arriving in the first hour.

Left to right: Vivienne Wu (4), Genevieve Wu (8), Florence Burden (8), Ali Burden (6) enjoying their free ice creams thanks to Nedgroup. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29505271)

Eight-year-olds Genevieve Wu and Florence Burden were enjoying their Mr Whippy ice creams with lots of chocolate sauce on top.

‘We’ve had our faces painted and had bubbles put on our heads,’ Genevieve said.

Florence had a birthday during the second lockdown in February and said this had really made up for not being able to have a party.

‘It’s been really fun playing with everyone and doing lots of activities,’ she said.

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