Umbrella Club is a Brighton Dome initiative for children and young people with long-term illnesses and life-shortening conditions and their families or carers. The club provides free invitations to a range of Brighton Dome events to offer fun experiences in a safe space that creates meaningful memories.
In previous years, Umbrella Club events have ranged from a samba drumming workshop for children at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, mosaic making at Chestnut Tree House hospice, Alice in Wonderland inspired tea party and a ballet workshop run by inclusive dance company Flamingo Chicks.
In October 2019, we invited members from Sussex-based charity, Forward Facing to take part in a Halloween themed makeover and a photo-shoot provided by local company Fresh Booths. Activities included dressing up, carving pumpkins and photo booth selfies. The day offered families an opportunity to meet and connect, gave carers a break from everyday life and children a special experience to grow their confidence.
Candice Konig, Managing Director of Forward Facing said:
“The event was so special, and the kids absolutely loved everything from the pumpkin decorating to the fantastic make-up artists. Thanks to the Umbrella Club, you put lots of smiles on the children’s faces and gave our families memories that will last forever.”
Make-up artist Eloise Willett commented:
“I had so much fun working with Umbrella Club at this event! One of my favourite moments was creating the Halloween make-up on a lovely girl dressed as Maleficent. She told me she wanted to try to keep it on until Halloween, which was a few days later. It was so wonderful!”
Thanks to Fresh Booths, Sainsburys’ volunteers, make-up artists and staff. Thank you to kind supporters of the Umbrella Club in 2019: Brighton District Nursing Association Trust and The Ian Askew Charitable Trust.