Getting in the festive spirit

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Jeremiah’s Christmas party extravaganza

Jeremiah’s Journey was established in 1996 by four professionals who wanted to use their skills to help local children through difficult life experiences by providing free support for children, young people, and their parents or carers. Jeremiah Bear was born when Dr Sheila Cassidy, one of the founders of the charity, had a great love of teddy bears and using their universal appeal wrote a story about a family of bears to help children of all ages explore the journey through grief.

The charity held its annual Christmas party here at Plumer House, with more than 100 people joining in the festive fun. There were lots of activities including a photo booth, Disney princess sing-alongs and an appearance from Santa Claus himself! CATERed provided free lunches for those attending, offering a wide selection of delicious and healthy meals for everyone present. Jeremiah Bear came along at the beginning to say ‘hello’ to all the children, before Harris Magic astounded the crowds with some fantastic sleight of hand.

Tracy Baker, events and community fundraiser for Jeremiah’s Journey, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic afternoon with some of the children and young people and their families for our Christmas party. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of PCH, who let us celebrate using their facilities, and thanks to Cate and Ed who joined us from CATERed and supplied the food. The visit from Santa ensured that everyone who attended received a selection box, which were kindly donated by the customers at Plymstock Santander.”

Jay Vickers, senior communications officer for PCH, added: “It was great that we could offer the facilities here at Plumer House to Jeremiah’s Journey as it offered them a great space to work in. We really enjoy supporting such a great charity and we like to help where we can.”

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