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Past Events in 2017

11th November 2017
Paddington 2 at The Showcase Cinema

WebsiteShowcase Cinema

I get a lot of requests for Little Hiccups to book cinema trips. Pretty much as soon as one is done we get another request for more. I think its because families can relax in the knowledge that they won't be hearing tuts if their children want to call out, sing along or stand up to watch the show. I know this because its not an uncommon thing in one of our Hiccups cinema trips for these to happen. And its fine. And the parents know that it is fine.The children are enjoying themselves and that is the important thing.

Siblings are also welcome as are the tiny ones. We had a couple of babies there this time and one mother emailed me to ask if it was OK to bring her baby to the cinema. My reply - of COURSE it was. Little Hiccups actively encourages the whole family to come along to our events. We think it is important that the family are able to enjoy activities together.

This time, we were lucky enough to go and see a new release - Paddington 2. The reviews on the movie were all fantastic and it lived up to its hype. Paddington has now settled in with the Brown family, and is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop -- the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.

As always during our cinema trips we have the lights on dim, the sound reduced and subtitles. Audio descriptions are also available but in this case were not needed. There is space for the wheelchairs and at the front of the cinema there are sofa like seats which some of the children prefer.

Little Hiccups treats the families to snacks as well (a little bit naughty as its early in the morning but we figure everyone deserves the treat!) so children get the children's combo which includes popcorn, sweets and a drink. Adults are treated to popcorn and a drink. All in all, its a nice and relaxing trip (for most - my 11 month old kept trying to explore and basically throw herself down the stairs as a consequence but I managed to outwit her on this occasion!)

A massive thank you to the team that helps us all get our snacks and into the cinema. We fully appreciate how much extra work it is and we were only faced with smiles and helpful attitudes. It is one of the main reasons that we return to this cinema time and time again.

"Thank you Little Hiccups again for such a lovely Saturday morning! Paddington was a hit with the Chown's! Amazing ladies as usual."

"Thank you little hiccups. Great morning. One of the very few cinema movies we've got to the end of xxx"

"Paddington AIDEN Bear https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/f5b/1/16/1f43b.png would like to thank little hiccups for today! We all really enjoyed it. Xx"

"Thank you Little Hiccups for a wonderful time today xxx"

"Thankyou so much for the opportunity to come and watch Paddington 2. The girls loved it (almost as much as us parents ) was lovely seeing you all today."

"Thank you little hiccups for a fabulous morning at the cinema."

Leeds and Bradford Airport Molton Brown
9th November 2017

40 of our Hiccups supporters spoiled themselves with our MOLTON BROWN Pamper & Shopping night - just in time for Christmas!

Entrance price included:

  1. Goody Bag worth £20
  2. Hand/Arm Massage
  3. £10 gift card
  4. Arrival drinks and canapes

Thank you to everyone that came to our Fundraising Molton Brown evening. We raised a fantastic £397.

 

 

25th October 2017
A Spooky visit to the Donkey Sanctuary

Website: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/visit-us/leeds

We've done a lot of activities lately that encapsulate our #NoLimits theme so sometimes its nice just to slow down and smell the hay. This event was aimed a little more at the smaller members of Little Hiccups who are not quite old enough to join us on the bigger events such as skiing or at water sports.

During the half term holidays in October we went to visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Adel. The Donkey Sanctuary is also a charity that offers donkey assisted interaction to children with additional needs. Because who doesn't love a donkey!

"Donkeys have a unique presence, a zen-like grounded quality. We're using their abilities as sentient facilitators and encouraging them to be an equal partner in the session."
Caron Whaley, Director of Donkey Assisted Therapy.

Initially, the programme involved riding therapy for children with additional needs but over the past four decades it has evolved to cater for users with emotional and cognitive needs as well as physical. As a consequence we are developing a new model focusing on self-esteem, coping mechanisms, conflict management, empathy and many other skills. Children with physical, social and behavioural difficulties gain confidence, improved life skills and a sense of achievement from the programme. And the donkeys many of whom have been rescued from a life of neglect, mistreatment or abandonment gain a new and rewarding life engaging with lots of people. Our children certainly seemed to enjoy themselves on the day and get a lot out of meeting the donkeys and we got some beautiful smiles from them all. The children got a 20 minute ride on the donkeys where they also played some hand eye coordination games like putting a toy bird in its nest. Children that were waiting to go on the donkeys were also invited to play outside in the play area or in the Sensory room. And as it was close to Halloween we also jazzed up the event with spooky fancy dress for a bit of fun. We had some fantastic looking costumes scaring everyone but fortunately the donkeys all took it in their stride!

We were also honoured that one of our regulars, Callum decided to join us on his birthday. We hoped that he had a fantastic day and that he enjoyed his cake! Happy Birthday Callum! As well as visiting the donkeys we also held a cake bake to raise funds for Cash for Kids. Cash for Kids is also a Charity and their goal is to respond to the needs of children in the communities so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential. Every Christmas they run Mission Christmas where they collect gifts for disadvantaged children. For the past few years, they have contributed towards the Little Hiccups Christmas party and with their donations they've helped make it a party to remember and helped create so many special memories for many special children.

Little Hiccups is pleased to announce that the bake sale raised a fantastic 119 which Little Hiccups is matching. A massive thank you to everyone who contributed and donated to such a fabulous cause. It was hard work eating those cakes but I suppose someone had to do it!

"Thank you Little Hiccups for your trip to the Leeds Donkey Sanctuary (Halloween style), yesterday, as it was another "great" trip, and Nathan absolutely "loved it! And the donkeys lol! And Nathan looked like he was someone from to the manor born, with his fancy dress and his riding helmet on lol!"

"Thank you again so much. I can't believe how much Callum loved been on the donkeys and I was super worried. 100% going again. We had a lovely morning."

"We had a fab morning with the donkeys. Thank you so much x"

"Thanks a lot guys was a lovely morning x"

"Thank you once again little hiccups for a lovely morning at the donkey sanctuary xxxxxxxx"

 

8th October 2017
Skiing with Disability Sports at ChillFactore, Manchester

Websitehttps://www.chillfactore.com

This is definitely one of our benchmark trips for our #NoLimits motto. The skiing trips are renowned in Little Hiccups and talked about constantly. Its just so groundbreaking that our Little Hiccups children - ANY of our Little Hiccups children, regardless of ability, can experience the thrill and sensations of skiing.

I don't think I would be exaggerating if I said that we required a lot of patience and flexibility on the day for a number of reasons. But I can honestly say that the ski instructors didn't just raise to the challenge - they exceeded it. Something that was commented on by so many families on the day - the feedback always included just how lovely everyone was! And it was this professionalism that really made the day as special as it was. It was understandably a bit much for some of the children as the enclosing sensations of the tight boots, heavy skis or wearing winter clothes took them out of their comfort zone. Sometimes they were persuaded to give it a try - other times it just wasn't happening. It was in these cases in particular that we learnt how good Disability Snowsport were. There was no pressure to perform and no demands on time. It was relaxed and easy going. Children were encouraged but not pressured and I think because of this attitude we had more success than we would have otherwise. Families were also invited back to give it another try if it wasn't successful this time. Something I personally loved as the instructors will be doing this in their own time (so a BIG shout out from me too!)

And of course who could forget the Sitskis and the faces of the children who got to go in one of these. If you have not heard of a Sitski it is exactly what it sounds like. They are ski's where the children get to sit down and they are taken down the snow slope by one of the instructors. Its SnoZone that owns the Sitskis and they are available for anyone who has a sensory, cognitive or physical impairment. Snozone's aim is to make Snowsports accessible and inclusive for everyone. And that is definitely something Little Hiccups can get behind!

The rest of us were on the beginners slope and that was immense fun in itself as we shuffled up the hill in skis and tried not to fall over. Something that was ultimately inevitable. It was definitely more interesting when skis were tangled with other skis and at least two ended up in an untidy pile in the snow. But it all adds to the fun at least! Eventually I may even get better than sliding down 10 feet with my eyes closed.

We've had lots of positive feedback and we really enjoyed our time on the slope and I think we'll be back very soon with many more families wanting to boast #NoLimits.

"Thanks for a brilliant morning skiing ..The kids did brill but omg it's been 31yrs since I've side stepped up a slope n me legs are feeling it lol xxx"

"Thank you so much for today's event! We have never been skiing before and I have to say they loved it! Oliver really enjoyed it and the staff were amazing."

"What a day. Thank you so much xx"

"Thank you so much for a great time .. There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing Oliver hurtling down that slope laughing his head off signing 'more'. William amazed me too from start to finish .. He too honestly does things with Little Hiccups he would never usually have the confidence to do."

"Thanks Little Hiccups for an amazing day out with the kids. We had so much fun. The staff at Chill Factore and Disability snow sport were so helpful with my eldest daughter who had problems with her snow boots. Thanks again for the experience and a memory we could never forget."

"We had an awesome time as always! Thank you so much x"

"Thank you Barney loved it. despite us getting lost on the way and arriving extremely late they instructors were incredibly helpful and patient. Xx"

 

August 2017
Children's Tea Party at Iveridge Hall

Every year as you know we hold a Ball for the adults. We had a few requests to do something similar for the children so this year we hosted a Children's Afternoon Tea Party! This was held in the gorgeous gardens of Iveridge Hall in Oulton and as we were nestled in a small orchard in an enclosed and private garden, it really was the perfect back drop to our afternoon.

Food was provided by the Yorkshire Sweet Cafe with a delicious menu planned. They normally turn up with a caravan but unfortunately already had another event planned on that day. It didn't stop them from turning up with LOTS of delicious food and decorations for the party. As well as a variety of sandwiches and homemade quiches and sausage rolls you had the most salivating cakes and scones to pick from. All lovingly displayed on china plates.

We also had Sam from Flamingo Chicks there to entertain the children. Flamingo Chicks is a dance company that provides an inclusive community giving children with disabilities and illnesses such as cancer the opportunity to enjoy ballet alongside their friends. They actively celebrate what our children CAN do rather than what they cannot.

The Garden Party was also an opportunity to run a raffle to fundraise in memory of two Little Hiccups Children - Aimee and Orla. It was also the memories of these children that inspired the decorating theme for the Garden Party - purple/yellow and butterflies. The money raised on the day will be going to the charities Dravet Syndrome UK and Leeds Mencap. They will always be missed and remembered. We'd like to say thank you to the families of both children that came to support the event.

"Thank u all for a lovely afternoon. Was a gorgeous tea party at Iveridge Hall. We had a lovely time."

"Had a lovely afternoon tea with Little Hiccups and with fond memories of two beautiful little girls. ???? Too much cake and sugar caused shenanigans on the car journey home"

"Thankyou so much little hiccups for such a perfect relaxed day truly wonderful kids loved it, food was wonderful n I'm road testing my coffee cup I've been waiting ages to get my hands on one . Hopefully this can become an annual event xxxxxxxxx"

"Having a beautiful day. Thank you so so much. Xx"

WebsiteIveridge Hall / Flamingo Chicks / Yorkshire Sweet Cafe (Facebook link)

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August 2017
Watersports at Yeadon Tarn

Our event on the water at Yeadon Tarn was I believe, one of our groundbreaking events. We had a number of children trying something that they have never tried before. Little Hiccups believes in No Limits and making sure we fulfil this motto is important to us. We strive to challenge the children to learn what they can achieve - and of course to have a LOT of fun in the process!

The idea of going on a boat was challenging to some but after a lot of consulting with the sailing team at Yeadon Tarn we decided that this was a must for us to try. It wasn't for everyone - one of the children in particular was not impressed by the boating - but the point is that he tried! And he did it. He achieved something that day and we're proud of every single one of the children that were there that day.

We had a couple of new families at this event. It seems that there is nothing like throwing people in the deep end! (Pun intended - groan, yeah I know - sorry!) And one of my favourite things about the day has to be the friendships that were formed in those few hours together. A few of the children really melded with each other and a couple of friendships were created, with phone numbers being swapped. If that isn't a success I don't know what is. Little Hiccups is ultimately about families supporting each other and this day was a true testament to that.

The team at Yeadon Tarn gave us a go on the rafting canoe, bellboats and the Wayfarer. Even Jack who needed full support on the boat managed a sail in the Wayfairer as there is a sling available to hoist him into the boat. He was made comfortable in a beanbag and off they went. Jack, I was told, absolutely loved it. His mum - not so sure as they managed to get some speed up!

For those taking a turn off the water there was a chance to have a go at caving. I unfortunately didn't get any photos of that but I heard a lot of raving reviews from the children heading in and out. The caving experience at Yeadon Tarn is a man-made cave with a ball pool in. Pretty exciting stuff!

The surroundings were also beautiful and as we were so close to the airport we were treated to planes landing and taking off periodically - which is always exciting.

"Just wanted to say what another successful day it was today at Yeadon Tarn. Really enjoyed it. Even though Bailey wasn't a happy bunny today we are thrilled that he got to try something he's never done before!!"

"Thanks for an awesome day!"

"Thanks for a great day"

"We all survived. What an awesome morning."

Link: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/Yeadon-Tarnfield-Park.aspx

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Blunderbus LogoJuly 2017
Little Hiccups 8th Birthday Party
Rag and Bone with Shebang! and Mary Poppins

 

Linsay shared an old photo of Little Hiccups 3rd Birthday recently and it struck me just how much we've grown. Back then our main service was Stay n Play based in a small community centre and our cake much smaller! We've certainly found a a demand in the last few years and our numbers have grown year on year. This year we had approximately 130 people helping us celebrate and an exciting birthday party to entertain everyone.

We returned to the Royal Armouries and due to the increase in numbers have now been moved to the larger downstairs suite where there is a lot more space for the children to explore as well as being easier to access. The Armouries also had two tables out with Lego and colouring on to help entertain the children. Each of the tables were also beautifully decorated by balloons from our regular balloon lady, Celebration Balloons and we had a very interesting display at the entrance way as well to show the families were to come in. I did try to persuade one of our family's to take one of these home but was very politely refused for some reason!

Shabang! returned for their second time for a Hiccups birthday with Rag and Bones for some clamorous fun. A lot of pots, pans and noise was involved! The kids all joined in with much enthusiasm with the show and certainly contributed with the noise levels. A good time was had by all!

Reggie Rag and Betty Bones it turns out were also friends with Bert the chimney sweep and Mary Poppins and they had invited Mary Poppins down for a visit. After the show, the families all settled down for a meal at their tables and Mary Poppins visited the tables before inviting the children onto the dance floor for some games, chalk drawings and singing.

Everyone at Little Hiccups is truly honoured that so many people came to join us for our celebrations - especially Emily as it was also her birthday and we are incredibly pleased that she spent it with us! Hope it was a fab day for you too gorgeous girl!

"Loved it. Great company ❤ xxx"

"You certainly know how to party. Thank you. As always it was amazing xx"

"Happy 8th birthday little hiccups I think everyone enjoyed themselves today lol xxxxxx"

"Happy birthday! And here's to many happy returns. Xxx"

"Thank you so much for such an amazing afternoon. Happy birthday xxx"

"Thanks for having us. Was a lovely party. So grateful for little hiccups.❤ xxx"

"What a brilliant fun party kids had a blast. Thank you so much xx"

"Thankyou for an awesome day. Loves it so much. Especially Mary Poppins �� xx"

"Kids had a great time thank you xxx"

"Fab afternoon thank you"

"Your parties get better every year xx"

"Thanks Little Hiccups for such a lovely birthday party yesterday at the Royal Armouries, and Nathan "even managed" to sit down for a few seconds to have his photo taken with Mary Poppins lol!"

"Happy 8th birthday Little Hiccups! You deserve all of your celebrations and more, as you have got so much to look forward to in the future! You should be all so proud of yourselves."

Links Shabang! Theatre
Celebration Balloons
Royal Armouries Leeds

Suzie Sparkles

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Showcase Cinema LogoJune 2017
Private Showing of Boss Baby at Showcase Cinema

We visit the cinema at least one a year for a relaxed viewing of a movie. What does this include? Well for starters, we hire out an entire cinema screen just for Little Hiccups families. And the showings are first thing in the morning so it's nice and quiet when everyone arrives. It's a relaxed viewings so kids can be themselves without parents worrying about disturbing other spectators. In a Hiccups viewing we often have feed pumps going, kids in frames zipping around and kids singing along. As long as it's safe, anything goes! We also make sure that the movie is family friendly (so a U rating). In this instance we opted to see Boss Baby. The showing also has subtitles and audio descriptions should they be needed and the lights are left on low throughout so the cinema is not completely black (which is important for the more active children!)

Boss Baby is a heartwarming story about a new baby's arrival and how it impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator -- a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. The most unusual Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) arrives at Tim's home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The instant sibling rivalry must soon be put aside when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babies

A cinema trip is not a cinema trip without a treat however. So when families book tickets they also receive popcorn and a drink. And just because we love you all and fully appreciate how important caffeine is, Little Hiccups paid for the coffees from the Costa Coffee stall too.

It is a regular event simply because it is trips like these that families sometimes feel they cannot do. Maybe it's because their child can get overstimulated in crowded places. Or maybe it's because their child likes to yell out (and who hasn't had that thought sometimes at the cinema!) but we know that everyone is in the same situation so it really doesn't matter at one of our events! We hope we offer companionship and familiarity.

"Just wanted to say thank you again for organising the event yesterday, the children loved it."

Website: Showcase Cinema

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Sensory Space Leeds Logo Sensory Space Leeds
Sunday 14th May 2017

Despite the fact that I managed to book this event on the same day as the Leeds Half Marathon and the venue was slap bang in the middle of the run so it was tricky to get there, it was a very nice day!

Sensory Space Leeds is a new Sensory room based in Burley. There were two Sensory Rooms. One was designed to stimulate and assist in the development of young children, babies and individuals with additional needs. There were twinkling fibre optic lights and a touchy feely sensory box. My 6 month old daughter in particular loved the bubble tube whilst she relaxed on the cushioned beanie that surrounded it For the more agile, there was a large ball pool with obstacle course and caterpillar bumps. For the slightly older there was a book and toy corners with carefully selected sensory toys and books.

The second room was a UV Active Room. In here there was a swing and a slide. This room was back lit by ultraviolet lights. We also spent a bit of time in here next to the fibre optic lights corner. The hammock swing was particularly popular.

There was also a nursing room which Little Hiccups used as a Relax Room as it was decorated in cool blue and you can relax in a comfy rocking chair whilst you watch the twinkling star ceiling lights. Soothing music also adds to the calming effect of this room.

Little Hiccups also provided a lunch which proved popular and we all had a very warm welcome by the owner, Sophia, with a choice of drinks. It was a nice chilled event and gave families the opportunity to chat to one another in a more relaxing environment!

Website: http://www.sensoryspaceleeds.co.uk

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Cerebra Logo Fundraising Evening - The Style Attic
Friday 28th April 2017

At our Rainbow Factory trip back January we got chatting to one of the mums. It turns out she owns a store called 'The Style Attic'. So called because the store was actually in the attic of her house! An amazingly good and effective idea although it was somewhat unusual to walk through somebody's house to reach the clothes. I did spend a great deal of my time in house envy however. It's one of those perfectly designed houses with many interesting little quirks and pictures scattered around always providing something fascinating to look at.

The clothes in the store were truly beautiful and I thought very well priced and I ended up buying a dress perfect for a wedding I have coming up. I could have easily have spent more though. And it was nice to know that 10% of all the sales went towards Little Hiccups - so it was guilt free shopping too! We made £100 commission on the night not including the money raised from ticket sales. So a massive thank you to everyone that attended and helped us out.

I personally really enjoyed my evening out and will certainly remember the Style Attic next time I need some new clothes. If you couldn't make it on the night, you can follow them on Facebook here.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheStyleAttic/

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Cerebra LogoVisit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Sunday 9th April 2017

Little Hiccups booked to visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and it turned out to be an incredibly popular idea and we very quickly sold out with 140 tickets gone in almost no time at all making this our most popular event yet. With so many tickets sold we decided to post everyone's wristbands needed for entry out before the event. Families could then arrive at a time convenient to them and enter without queuing. This turned out to be very handy as it appeared that the day we picked to visit the park was also the hottest day of the year so far at a glorious sunny 20 degrees and a day where the park was advertised on Groupon (which I found out after) with a special Wizard of Oz theme. To say it was busy would be an understatement! We arrived shortly after opening time and the queue for entry was already stretching far back into the car park.

With our wristbands on however, we could nip through the shop and through the Pre-Paid ticket entrance, then we were off. It was busy and we did have to navigate through crowds but we managed to make our way round the animals and stop for a play in the adventure playground where we bumped into several other families. I think our favourite animals of the day had to be the Polar Bears who ironically, seemed to be enjoying the warmth and were out and wandering around much to the delight of the children. We also particularly enjoyed the lemurs as you could walk through their enclosure and get up close. There was one with a tiny baby clinging onto its mother. Very cute to see.

Once all the animals had been visited, it was a quick ice-cream in the tent for us where we bumped into a couple of other families, then it was time to get some very tired children home. From the photos and comments I received later on in the day this seemed to be across the board all in all a successful day!

Website: https://www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com

"What a wonderful day as always thank you Little Hiccups"

"Had such a lovely day today thanku for organising a great event again."

"Fun day thanks for today everyone."

"Lovely day out with everyone thanks little hiccups once again."

"Thank you for a fab day little hiccups!!"

"Whoa, what a day! Thanks so much for organising our trip to The Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Not only did we spot lots of animals we had the pleasure of the lovely Sarah Stewart joining us. Keep practising those jokes Sarah, as the day progressed your skills improved!"

"Thank you little hiccups for such a lovely day. Aiden loved the monkeys and giant otters. xxx"

"Thank you little hiccups , been a brilliant day. Thanks for giving us yet another fab experience !"

"Thankyou little hiccups we've had lots of fun today as a family."

"Thankyou little hiccups once again another fantastic day out xxxxxxxxx"

"Hamaad and family enjoying a lovely day out with little hiccups at Yorkshire wild life park Thank you xx"

"Thank you for such a brilliant day out xx"

"Thank you again for today. We had an amazing time xx"

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Leeds and Bradford Airport Private Family Photoshoot
Sunday 12th March & Sunday 19th March 2017

With this event I can only speak from personal experience as we were in slots and the only other contact with other families was fleeting. Dean Sanderson is a regular however with Little Hiccups. He’s been present at many an event and at all our Fundraising Balls to take photos. We love the end results, but more than that we’ve always loved the way he creates a rapport with the children straight away and makes what could be a stressful event fun and exciting. His magic lies in capturing the child’s true personality. I have two very different children (and a third but she’s only 4 months old so we’re yet to see a real personality yet – other than a complete refusal to smile for the camera on this visit!) My oldest is shy and perhaps struggles to express herself more than she would like. We let my middle child hit centre stage first as he is the extravert of the family and definitely has no problem expressing himself! I think the problem was dragging him away. Dean successfully managed this by letting him take a few of the shots of his sister and we managed to get some lovely ones. Then it was time for all three to get in the shot and there was many an amusing positioning by myself and my husband trying to get the baby to smile whilst staying out of shot. It didn’t really work as she’d just woken from a deep sleep but we did get one nice one at least.

I think the hardest thing about this event is picking out my favourites. I’ve so far narrowed it down to 15. Taking away another 6 to get to the 9 needed for the canvas is going to be hard! I’ve heard glowing reports from Hiccups families and in fact this year, the demand was so high we had to stretch the event over 2 days instead of our usual one. Dean’s reputation is certainly growing! This year was also the first year in Dean’s personal studio so the atmosphere was more relaxed and its also nice to know that there is a location to return to when I want to go back (I have full intentions of dressing the baby in an Ewok suit and taking her back when she is able to sit. It’s got to be done!)

If you missed the Photoshoot and would like the you can find Dean’s website below to book an appointment:

Website: www.deansanderson.co.uk

"Thank You to you all at Hiccups and Dean Sanderson. We had a lovely time and the dinosaurs were well behaved when they got home. You are amazing."

"He made an impossible task seem far too easy and got some lovely shots! Thank you!"

"Thank u little hiccups and especially Dean. Soo lovely. Harvey and I had the best time xx"

"I just wanted to say thank you Little Hiccups and to Dean Sanderson, for an enjoyable photo shoot today.I think that I am right in saying, that it's the least stressful photo shoot that I have "ever" been to with Nathan, & Dean has captured some "adorable" photo's of Nathan, as I haven't seen any of the family shots yet lol! :)"

"I am looking forward to seeing all of the photo's from today's photo shoot! :)"

"A brilliant shoot with some gorgeous photos that I am very excited to see xx"

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Cerebra Logo Cerebra Sleep Presentation: Understanding and Managing Sleep
Friday 15th September 2017

Cerebra held a 1 hour presentation on sleep: Understanding and Managing Sleep. This helped groups of parents and carers to understand what is a typical sleep pattern, as well as common sleep problems and techniques for solving these problems.

This is a free and confidential sleep service to parents and carers of children 16 and under who have a brain injury, neurological disorder or developmental condition. They are not able to give specific advice to individuals at the presentation but 1:1 support at a sleep clinic or self referral to the sleep service is offered to all those who attend.

You can download the Cerebra Sleep Leaflet as a PDF here.

You can download the presentation Understanding Supporting Children's Sleep here.

 

Leeds and Bradford Airport Guided Tour of Leeds and Bradford Airport
Monday 20th February 2017

Leeds and Bradford airport are working really hard to make the airport and the transition through the airport completely accessible. One of the things that they are doing is offering tours through the airport during the quieter season to allow parents and their families an opportunity to scope out the airport. Little Hiccups decided to arrange for a few families who are travelling this year to go on one of these tours.

We met at The Special Assistance area which is in Hall A of the Airport. If going on holiday with an additional needs child (or in fact - with anyone that might have any kind of additional needs!) this is the area that you will need to contact beforehand and the place you will need to start your holiday. The designated special assistance company, OCS, are the team responsible for assistance at the airport and will do their utmost to make your time in the airport as stress free as possible. In cases of Autism for example, where standing and waiting in a line might be stressful, you can use the 'fast track' lane at security.

In our case, after a brief introduction we went to have our photo identification checked and to receive our pass that allowed us to travel through the airport security. Once this was done the tour started.

We discovered a variety of useful information. Security is the hardest part as that is a necessary part of travelling about an airplane and is unfortunately unavoidable. We had to still follow procedures such as the removal of shoes and passing everything through X-ray but again there is a document you can download on the website that will explain the process. It's designed by and aimed towards aiding Autism but there is no reason why you cannot use this with any child. Any pushchairs or wheelchairs at this will point will also have to be scanned.

Once you are through this area however, it's smooth sailing the rest of the way. On the other side of Security you reach Duty Free. We were also shown the disabled toilet in the departure lounge and a Changing Place which featured a height adjustable bed and a hoist (although you will need your own slings) and also a Special Assistance area where you can wait for the plane. It's this area where you can embark on the Ambulift which arrives to to pick up passengers with reduced mobility to help get them into the plane. This was definitely the highlight of the tour as we were treated to an example of how it works and had a trip out to a stationary airplane where the Ambulift raised our seating area up to the door of the plane. It's ideal as it means that anyone with reduced mobility can access the plane without having to use any steps.

Little Hiccups found this tour very helpful and will hopefully be organising this on a regular basis once or twice a year. If you are interested in attending such a tour, please get in touch at events@littlehiccups.co.uk.

Foe any information on the accessibility and how to access Special Assistance you can check out their website at: http://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/at-the-airport/special-assistance.

"This will be a great benefit when we fly on the 6th of this month as he is fully aware of what will be happening and that everything is perfectly safe and quiet."

Website: www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk

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Sunday 19th February 2017

What an event! I've had a number of parents approach me over the last year or so and ask for a Trampolining event. We've never been able to accommodate that for one reason or another until I contacted Oxygen FreeJumping. Not only did they say yes when I asked them, they were positively enthusiastic about the idea! What we were asking was not a small thing either - we knew that it would be a popular event and we wanted the entire place to hire out for just our families so that we could ensure that families would have a fun and relaxing time knowing that it was just us in there. This didn't seem to phase them at all and we agreed a slot in the middle of the afternoon one Sunday in February. It turned out to be just as popular as we expected and tickets sold out very quickly. Before we knew it we had 120 people attending and a definite fun afternoon planned for some very excited families.

It was as fantastic as we had hoped. It was a nice relaxed session with lots of exploration and laughter (and certain parents getting trapped in the Air Bag which completely made my day and will certainly be a story to tell in the years to come!) There was so much to do from gentle bouncing to games to the now infamous airbag and also a mini Ninja Warrior type assault course for friends (and our Trustees too it seems) to challenge each other to a friendly race.

There was obviously the crossover between sessions before and after ours where it was busy but Oxygen FreeJumping were aware that we had a number of children attending with sensory issues so our session had no music or flashing lights. Not only that, but they also made sure that the music was not blaring out for the following session while we were in the cafe upstairs enjoying our pizzas.

The staff were also fantastic. They were firm but fair about the rules of the place and it felt very safe throughout. They were friendly and fun and also incredibly helpful about any questions we had. Nothing was too much for them. It is definitely a place we'll be visiting again.

"Great afternoon. Thank you guys xxx"

"Thank you for a brilliant day trampolining x"

"Thank you for a fabulous afternoon xx"

"Tired kids!! Thanks again little hiccups they had a great time!!"

"Thank you Little Hiccups great event again."

"Thank you so much for today never laughed so much. Xx"

"Thanks once again little hiccups another fantastic event xxxx"

"Thank you little hiccups fantastic afternoon, Kody loved it. Huge thank you to the staff at oxygen who were amazing today xx"

Website: http://oxygenfreejumping.co.uk

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Magical Storytelling at The Rainbow Factory
22nd January 2017

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Little Hiccups booked The Rainbow Factory exclusively for Little Hiccups' families for a visit as we all needed a little sparkle in our life this cold January month. It has been 2 years since our last visit but we were not disappointed. The warmth of our reception took us straight back to our last visit and it was like we had never been away. The staff are so enthusiastic and you can tell that they truly love their work - a fact that absolutely shines through to the children who are completely captivated by the entire session. I had wondered if my two at 8 and 10 were too old for this event. I needn't have worried. The 8 year old in particular was so heavily involved in everything during this event that it was hard to get him home and in the car on the way he declared that he wished he could stay! 

Our adventure started off travelling through Magical Woodlands where a variety of magical creatures lived. The models as always were so incredibly detailed you can get lost in each scene imagining the story behind it. You can half imagine that they move every time you turn around and that the stories are played out each night once the doors are closed to the public.

Once through here we were treated to a highly interactive show by two very talented actresses. The children (and adults - lets be honest!) were kept interested by the enthusiastic storytelling and acting as well as their ability to involve the children in the storytelling. It wasn't a case of the children having to sit quietly and watching.  Instead they were highly involved in an exciting story which encouraged audience participation - The Rainbow Factory certainly know their clientele! It certainly helped to keep their attention long enough to allow the majority of adults to sneak away and be treated to a buffet dinner and hot drinks which hopefully gave them a well earned 5 minutes rest!

After the theatre, the children were taken to the Creative Kitchen where playdoh, colouring or sticky Fairytale themed activities were available for everyone to get stuck into. Once all this was completed, it was their turn for food and they were then treated to sandwich platter dinner and drinks which was quickly devoured before home time. 

"Thanks Miriam and co for another lovely event xx"

"Thankyou so much for a "magnificent" afternoon (his words!). It was magical! I have one loved up young man right now."

"Thank you. What a magical afternoon xx"

"My 17 month old was also absorbed by it all. I cannot believe he sat so still. It was a lovely, fun day. Thank you"

Website: www.rainbowfactorykids.com

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