Our Family Fun Day is happening this Sunday 7 September in Edge Hill University, Ormskirk between 10-4pm. I’m excited for the weekend to see all our hard work pay off and hopefully raise a lot of money for our very worthy charities. I’ll be interested to see how competitive the departmental football teams will be because I think our aim of getting people to meet new friends from other departments might go out of the window pretty quickly when the goals start coming!
The Civil Service Local team here in the north west and some of our volunteers have worked really hard to get this event organised – but after Civil Service Live 2014, event planning seems to come much more naturally now. So far, I’ve been involved in everything from arranging the Fire Engine to visit from Ormskirk Station to devising children’s games and races to keep our young guests entertained all day. I’ve discovered talents I didn’t know I had (including a very in depth knowledge of how to colour-code lollipops), and was not at all surprised that my friends, family and colleagues came rushing out to support in different ways.
It’s been tougher than I thought to arrange a day of fun, and even as I write this the plans are still changing, so it’s going to be a busy Saturday and Sunday for us all. Strangely no-one seems to mind having to come to ‘work’ on a weekend and we have had plenty of volunteers to help us. Maybe that’s because it’s for a great cause, or maybe we just all really like what we do?
My day-to-day work at Civil Service Local means I’m responsible for our Government Access Point (GAP) project, where we support patients, carers and families of people in local hospices. I’ve seen first hand how important the hospices are to people in our local communities and I know all donations and money raised will be really well-received (and well-used) at St Catherine’s and Trinity Hospices.
The only thing we can’t control is the weather, so I’m hoping the rain stays off so we can all enjoy the day. I’d love to see as many of you as possible there – it’s open to everyone so tell your colleagues, family and friends to come and support us. There will be plenty of fun and games including a massive tombola, cake stalls, and a raffle with some incredible prizes.