A great day

Friday 26 October 2012

2012's Birthmark Support Group fun day was a massive hit. A record number of members attended this year's event at the BBC Club in Elstree Studios.

Children of all ages came to enjoy the dancing and singing of Jo Jingles plus the tricks and jokes of Magic Carl. There were butterflies, tigers, dinosaurs, fairies and many other creatures charging around the place after the artistic work of the talented face painters.

Whilst the kids were dancing the Hokey Cokey the committee took the opportunity to hold our Annual General Meeting. Wendy took us through the group's activities and financials over the last year, Jo Webb was welcomed as our new Chairman and then along with Lindsay, Jacki and Gemma we set out our plans for the future.

The discussion, which came after the official stuff, was inspiring and really helpful for us to hear what our members are thinking and needing. Feedback is always welcome so we have set up a new section in our online community for you to post ideas and suggestions of how we can help you.

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Our celebrity ambassador Shane Richie joined us with his beautiful family, and whilst the AGM was being held he kept everyone entertained with calling up the kids for face painting and having his photo taken with a barrage of Eastenders fans. With the help from the kids he presented the raffle prizes, which was very funny and gave everyone a great laugh.

Our other celebrity guests were Jane and Hillary the specialist nurses from GOSH and Dr Samira Syed. Samira gave a very interesting presentation on how Cosima's laser is being used at GOSH. If you didn't catch it all it will be available to view on our website soon.

Parents mingled and chatted their way through the day making new friends sharing experiences and knowledge to support to each other. When the day finally came to an end the kids left tired but happy with balloons, badges and the best ever cupcakes made by Jacki.

These are just some of our memories from the day, it would be really lovely to hear yours too.

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