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Daleside Day 1!

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Day 1 of our first ever Daleside Break, written by Respite Break Manager Richard:

"This morning, Daleside was a hive of activity with some last minute preparations and planning from the team to make sure everything was just right for the first children ever at the new beautiful retreat up on the hill. The excited respite break team barely noticed the driving rain as they tidied and organised everything.

Within an hour Daleside went from an empty, freshly renovated building to a warm home full of the voices of children, volunteers and respite break leaders. It was heart-warming to see happy children contentedly playing games in the lounge, exploring their home for the week and eventually pulling out the fancy dress.

It was a pleasure to show 2 long standing child referrers around the building. They had been to see the retreat before the renovations and were amazed at the transformation. Yvonne, one of the referrers, talked excitedly about how the location of Daleside will enable her to refer children more often. She understands so well the impact of a CHICKS respite break as she has volunteered and referred children a number of times. She told me that she couldn't explain it in words but she gets goosebumps just thinking about what a CHICKS week can offer a child.

There is almost a party atmosphere in this house on the hill - everyone is so excited about the momentous event taking place as I write."

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