Christmas Party 2018: An enchanted winter wonderland!

There was festive fun galore at this year’s Jessie May Families’ Christmas Party!

On Sunday, Jessie May nurses, care, admin and fundraising team staff, trustees, volunteers and friends all came together with Jessie May families to celebrate the festivities – and what a day it was!


The Holiday Inn in Filton was transformed into a mesmerising Christmas Winter Wonderland as we took over the Sequoia Suite for the afternoon. This year’s party theme was ‘Enchanted Winter Wonderland’ and it was certainly enchanting! Families were greeted by some of Father Christmas’ elves, the Snow Queen, Queen Elsa, Princess Ana and the Pink Fairy – although some had some very familiar faces!

Thank you so much to all our amazing volunteers who donated all the fantastic decorations for the day, from cuddly woodland animals to mystical snow globes. We were kept entertained throughout the party, from wonderful balloon animal-making – to the disco with Del Boy and Andy

Lots of the children also took to the dancefloor for Deb Denny’s ‘Music with Mummy’! Many of us came away with big smiles – and new faces! From glittery fairies to superheroes, lots of the children (and adults!) had their faces painted to join in with the fun.

After a dance, taking on the Jessie May quiz and colouring challenges, we’d all built up an appetite and enjoyed yummy afternoon tea in the Elm Room.

Chris and Rachael

And of course, Father Christmas made a special appearance, as he does for Jessie May every year! Families excitedly lined up to meet Santa in his grotto and luckily, none of the children were found to be on the Naughty List.

After stepping in to the beautiful grotto and admiring the woodland animal, snow-covered scenery, sparkling lights, pretty fireplace and magnificent sleigh (guarded by reindeer!), Father Christmas gave the children some early Christmas presents to enjoy.

Congratulations to all our raffle winners – what a magnificent array of raffle prizes we had on offer. Many of which were kindly donated by supporters – and many were impressively handmade! From luxurious Christmas hampers to a spectacular Princess castle, there were plenty of astounding prizes on offer – with all proceeds from the raffle going to Jessie May.

We hope everyone who came along to our Christmas Party had a wonderful time! What a magical day – thanks to everyone involved, including:

  • Jessie May Supporters
  • Morrisons
  • Lloyds Banking
  • City West Commercials
  • Spec Recruitment
  • Vaultex
  • the7stars Foundation
  • Morgan McKinley
  • Holiday Inn
  • Higos
  • ACC Freight Management
  • Magicians from Magic Circle
  • Taylor Woodrow
  • Balloon Fever
  • Del Boy & Andy
  • Deb Denny
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Sue & Chris Chard from Excel 96
  • Face Painters Jo & Jack
  • MJ Mapp
  • Network rail
  • Jessie May Volunteers
  • Jessie May Staff

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Ella Burrows Photo CONSENT

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