Families supported by the charity Family Action enjoyed a wonderful complimentary day out at Drusillas Park, Alfriston courtesy of the award-winning zoo and Sphere Digital Recruitment London.
The Charity Day took place on Saturday (18 June) and was enjoyed by over 50 people. Free entry was generously provided by Drusillas with transportation and a lovely lunch donated by Sphere, who support Family Action as their chosen charity.
Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to children and families who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country. The charity has been building stronger families since 1869 and today provides support for over 45,000 families through over 140 community based services.
During their visit to Drusillas Park, the families encountered a host of furry and feathered creatures along the zoo route including the ever-popular meerkats, penguins and lemurs. They also jumped aboard the Thomas & Friends™ train, explored Hello Kitty Secret Garden and enjoyed a BBQ lunch on Explorers Lawn.
Zara, aged 4, said of the day, "My favourite bit was feeding the parrots. I liked it when they lined up like we do at school for lunch!" While Mum added "It was a beautiful, beautiful day. Thank you so much".
David Holmes CBE, Family Action’s Chief Executive said:
“We would like to thank everyone from Drusillas Park and Sphere for organising this special day and for their fantastic generosity. The children and their families had a wonderful day out which will be remembered and treasured for a long time to come. A day out like this gives children and families a welcome break from all the other pressures in their lives and is such a wonderful gift.”
Sphere CEO, Ed Steer added: “"The kids and everyone involved in the day had such a wonderful time, from riding on Thomas, going on the rides in Hello Kitty Secret Garden, taking part in the Zoolympics and exploring all of the other attractions - it really was a day to remember.”
“Family Action does a fantastic job and we are so pleased that we could support and arrange such an amazing day out. A massive thanks to Drusillas and their staff who made us feel so very welcome and like true VIPs and a big thanks to the guys from our team at Sphere who gave up their time to arrange the day and for helping to make it such a special one."