DBA UK Family Weekend 2016 – BOOKING OPEN

DBA UK Family Weekend 2016 booking is now OPEN!
The weekend will include the charity AGM which will be on Sunday 22nd May.

There’s lots to read on what happened at previous Family Weekends.

You can use our new online booking form here –
http://diamondblackfan.org.uk/booking-form/

Or you can use the old style invitation and booking form,
which you will need to fill in and email/post to the DBA UK Secretary

 Booking Form (word doc format)

 Booking Form (rich text format)

 Booking Form (pdf format)

This year’s DBA UK Family Weekend is being held over the weekend of the 20th, 21st and 22nd of May this year. As with previous years, accommodation and meals are paid for by DBA UK, but people are welcome to make voluntary donations towards this weekend if they wish, as a guide, it costs approx £120 per person to host the Family Weekend.

We will also run some fundraising events and our own bar over the weekend, so be sure to bring some money with you!

It will be held at PGL Caythorpe, which is approximately 8 miles north from Grantham or 25 miles east from Nottingham.

The address is – PGL Caythorpe Court, Caythorpe Heath Lane, Caythorpe, Lincolnshire, NG32 3ER

Here is a google maps link to the location – https://goo.gl/maps/mNb97b3qPTq

PGL direction

Below is a picture of the PGL entrance gates, for you to be sure you are at the right place!

PGL Gates

We will have a programme of activities for both younger children and adults, including talks from medical professionals and break out sessions where we can get to know each other and share stories.

If you have been before, please bring your t-shirts with you, it makes for an excellent photograph! (T-shirts will also be available for sale during the weekend)

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The children will be taken out during the day on a huge variety of activities with the PGL staff which can include –

Abseiling, Aeroball, All Aboard, Archery, Ball Sports, Challenge Course, Climbing, Fencing, Giant Swing, High Ropes, History Trail, Initiative Exercises, Jacob’s Ladder, Kayaking, Low Ropes Course, Orienteering, Problem Solving, Quad Biking, Raft Building, Rifle Shooting, Sensory Trail, Survivor, Team Challenge Programme, Team Games, Trapeze and finally  Zip Wire!

If you would like more information about PGL Caythorpe you can find it here – http://www.pgl.co.uk/PGLWeb/Schools/Primary-schools/adventure/centres/CaythorpeCourt_activities

We will have the usual PGL staff to look after the youngest children so you can focus fully on the talks. Please note if you are bringing a baby, you will need to bring your own high chair and also baby bath due to the wet room style bathrooms. Additionally everyone will need to bring their own towels, but you do not need any bedding as this is already provided.

We would also encourage as many adult patients to come along as possible as we will be including break out sessions for you too, these can easily be located in the bar if needs be!

If you have any medical paraphernalia you use for your DBA, pumps, needles, medications, or any specialist day to day equipment to help you with basic tasks such as lock openers or elastic laces etc, please bring them along. Every part of your routine management, no matter how ‘routine’ it is to you, could be very helpful information to someone else.

Please also be sure to bring any unused or surplus fundraising equipment/merchandise and collection boxes (full or otherwise) which can be passed to our Fundraising Co-ordinator Martin Winter and Treasurer Peter Redmond respectively.

If you would prefer external accommodation and to head on to the site each day, you are welcome to do this, but DBA UK will not be able to cover hotel/travel costs. (Please still let us know if you intend to do this so we can manage attendance numbers correctly)

This is the nearest Travelodge (6 miles away) –
http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/177/Sleaford-hotel

And here is a B&B located nearby (under 1 mile away) – http://www.waggonandhorsescaythorpe.co.uk/

We would love to have our biggest attendance yet for the 16th annual Family Weekend this year! Whether you’ve been before or if this will be your first, we would love to have as many DBA patients together as possible, and we can only do it if you join us.

If there are other DBA families who see the same consultants as you, please tell them about the Family Weekend and give them a copy of the invitation, it really is important to have as many people there as possible.

If you are interested in joining the DBA UK committee, we always need fresh faces and new ideas! Please contact us for more information.

If you would like to come, please complete the booking form via the link at the top of this post and email it to the current DBA UK Secretary, Kieran Teasdale. Feel free to ask any questions you might have too!

(Please be sure to add secretary@diamondblackfan.org.uk to your contacts and/or allowed senders list in your email account, to make sure you receive your confirmation and any follow up emails, without it being flagged as spam!)

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