Christmas came early for the children at East Kilbride Community Trust’s Additional Support Needs Group and the EKFC Sunday Club when Santa visited last week.
Last Sunday saw EKCT trustee James Kean open his doors to host the annual Christmas party for children with additional support needs from all over East Kilbride. Pupils from Greenburn, Greenhills and Crosshouse Primary Schools, as well as children from EKFC Sunday Club, were joined by their siblings and parents to party the afternoon away at O’Cathain Farm in Jackton.
Santa and his elves arrived in a horse-drawn carriage and even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 170 children waiting excitedly to join him in his grotto and receive a present, kindly donated by EK Shopping Centre.
While the children and their siblings also enjoyed arts and crafts, cake decorating and disco dancing, their parents enjoyed the buffet, wine and mince pies on offer.
In the stables, James’ daughters, along with their friends from St Aloysius and Fernhill schools as well as the EK Hockey Club, entertained party-goers by singing Christmas carols, while visitors enjoyed the llama, donkeys and other animals in the stables.
The party was a joint venture between the Trust and the Sunday club and involved coaches, parents and volunteers who donated their time, and many companies from East Kilbride and beyond who donated cash to ensure that the children and families had a fabulous day.
Monique McAdams, chief executive of EKCT, praised the companies who contributed. She told the News: “The aim of the party was for the children to come along and have a ball and we achieved this. The children were laughing and smiling – that’s what it’s all about.
EKCT and EKFC Sunday Club would like to thank everyone who attended the party and those who gave time, money or effort to make the day amazing for the children and their families.”
The event was attended by Romeo from Clyde 1 who helped the resident DJ on the decks and posed for numerous photos with teenagers and parents.