On Saturday 25th September we were joined by 73 families for PASIC’s biggest trip since the coronavirus pandemic began – a fun-filled day of theme park adventures at Drayton Manor, in Staffordshire.

Families, including children and young people both on and off treatment and their siblings and parents, were all offered free tickets, thanks to funding from Children in Need.

Support Workers Joanna and Toria greeted families at the gates to the park before some rushed off to join the queues for the biggest and scariest rides, while others headed towards firm favourite, Thomas Land. Our sources tell us Joanna and Toria were spotted sneaking off in the direction of the donut stand!

A little later everyone had the chance to meet up again and have a good old catch up.

“Many of the families in attendance were post-treatment and enjoyed having the opportunity to see old friends from their time on the oncology wards,” said Toria.

“Others still have a child on treatment and for them the trip was a chance for some much-needed ‘normal’ family fun.

“It was lovely to see everyone relaxing and smiling – a reminder how important these days out are for families facing childhood cancer.”

We’ve had some great feedback and photos from the day:

Thank you for organising such a great day out! We’ve really enjoyed it and so good to see faces we normally only see in hospital out and about. Thanks for all you do for these kids and their families.

We had a fabulous day we can’t thank you guys enough for everything you do to bring smiles to children’s faces.

Thank you PASIC for the fun day out today at Drayton Manor. We had such a brilliant day.

Thank you for such an amazing day, we were all shattered by the end of the day but enjoyed every second of it and that’s all down to you all.

We had the best day, thank you so much!