FCA Western summer fete a resounding success
In the glorious, yet unusual, British summer sunshine FCA Western staged their annual summer fete and fun day at the local recreation ground. The entire Western team clubbed together to organise the annual get together, and months of planning and preparation went in to ensuring the event was both well attended and fruitful in its success.
The fete was a chance for all FCA staff, current carers, PFC’s and most importantly our fantastic young people to get together and celebrate all that is great about the Western region, and the family environment we have worked so hard to create and maintain.
More than 60 attended the day and foster families and staff travelled from right across the region to show their support and enjoy the many activities and games organised by the team. These varied from our own mini Olympics including the good old egg and spoon race, ‘Beat the Keeper,’ and the fans favourite the ‘FCA Sack race’ to ‘Jane’s arts and crafts tent’ and Sam’s silent auction and raffle.
All the games were really well received and participation levels high. Highlights included our very own Duty Manager Mo who bounced his way to victory in the highly anticipated sack race (he’s not competitive at all) as well as the face off of the year in the battle of the silent auction between our office manager Hayley and Placements Manager Jane. Both were determined to outbid the other in order to win the prestigious Gromberry (a strawberry themed Gromit of Wallace and Gromit fame collectable…..don’t ask me)… we kept our distance for safety reasons. Sam our very own office administrator did a wonderful job of securing some fantastic raffle prizes including tickets to Southampton and Everton football matches, a family day out to Wookey Hole and a two night luxury stay in West Wales.
Many of the staff baked cakes (I unfortunately had to decline as ITV own the rights to any baked goods I produce in the next 10 years after my famous display of culinary brilliance on Dinner Date in 2011) and also a BBQ was on hand to feed the hungry bellies, but without doubt the star of the show was Bristol Hog Roast who donated over £1000 pounds worth of food to the day and even stayed to serve us. The pork and crackling rolls were a sight to behold and if anybody went home hungry from the day I’d be amazed. A big, big thankyou goes out to the team there.
We all know how busy and fast paced our business can be and at times it may be easy to forget the great jobs that we all do in order to create better lives for young people who need our help. This was a chance to all join together, put the pens and laptops down and watch young people smile, laugh and play together in an environment that means their lives are going to be better as a result. Our team of staff and carers are fantastic and at times I don’t feel we shout about this enough. It is far too easy to look at the difficulties and the testing times we go through in our roles as opposed to taking a step back, standing together and looking first hand at the great things we are achieving as a team. This was certainly one of those times.
The event was a huge success and we also raised £480 which will be donated to both The Rees Foundation and The North Wales Brain Tumour Fund, two extremely worthy causes.
Thank you to all that attended the day and worked so hard to make it happen. We do great things here at FCA and I look forward to us making this event even bigger and better next year.
Blog by Andy Trout, Carer Recruitment Officer, Western