Great Get Together Picnic – Friday June 22nd, 2018
It was great to host the second Great Get Together picnic at King Edwards Park in Wembley. At one point it looked like it would have to be cancelled due to the extremely long grass covering the whole park but thankfully a space was created for our picnic. Strawberries, crisps, sandwiches and other food was shared as well as games and fun. A team of 3 face painters added to the event and it concluded with a sing along. Jo Gordon, the director of Daniel’s Den, asked people to carry the 9 Daniel’s Den batons which were used in 2006 at the Sports Relief Mile Event held outside the stadium. Toddlers and their parents ran across the field carrying these batons – named after the 9 quality characteristics we want to see in our families and relationships – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
After the event some families stayed on to play in the park and then went round to one of their homes to share a meal and fun in a paddling pool. One of these was a mum who recently moved into the area and lives in bed and breakfast accommodation with her little toddler – she’s gone from feeling totally isolated, forgotten and abandoned to feeling she belongs. To hear of friendships being formed like this, you couldn’t help but think of Jo Cox and her reflection that ‘we have far more in common with each other than things that divide us’. I think Jo would have smiled on this day.