“Honor Oak Lodge does Christmas”

in aid of Step and Learn


Picture of Richard Dixy, a visiting volunteer standing next to the MCF banner

“Without your support, we couldn’t support physically disabled children in Kent

Thank you Honor Oak for your continued support, it’s very much appreciated

I hope you all have a very happy Christmas.

A Heartwarming Christmas Celebration

Honor Oak lodge hosted their annual Christmas party yesterday (3rd December) with heartfelt warmth and sincerity. The event welcomed children and families from Step and Learn, a charitable organisation based in Kent dedicated to assisting children with cerebral palsy. The lodge also played host to the two children they sponsor, adding an extra layer of significance to the gathering.
Joining in with the musical celebrations
The atmosphere in the Wigmore hall was one of togetherness, as nearly 120 attendees gathered for a four-course Christmas dinner, preceded by a brief visit to the bar. Amidst the meal, the hosts provided musical entertainment, with the children joining in, creating a heartwarming ambiance.
The evening reached an emotional crescendo during the raffle draw, which proved to be a tremendous success, raising an impressive £1,235. Honor Oak’s generous contribution increased the total to £1,500, which was further augmented by Lloyd’s Bank to an astounding £2,500. This outpouring of support demonstrated the community’s dedication to the cause.
The Cheque presentation
Visiting Santas Grotto

Visiting the Lodge

The celebration continued with the Medway Brass leading the carols, followed by enthusiastic participation from the audience in the singing of the 12 days of Christmas. The highlight for the children was a special visit to Father Christmas in his grotto, where they each received a gift, creating unforgettable memories.
In a moving address, Step and Learn chairman Patrick Barden expressed profound gratitude to all attendees, emphasizing the crucial role their support plays in aiding physically disabled children in Kent. He conveyed heartfelt appreciation to Honor Oak for their unwavering commitment, extending warm wishes for a joyous Christmas to all.
A Smile says it All
Santa in his grotto
Waiting to see Santa
3 wise men! ? ! ?
Mark Lawson speaking to a little girl enjoying her Christmas Lunch as the family look on.
This cherished tradition has spanned a decade, and the organizers hope to continue this heartwarming event for many years to come, symbolizing the enduring spirit of compassion and generosity.

Step & Learn

Step and Learn is a charity dedicated to assisting the physical and educational needs of children with Cerebral Palsy and associated motor difficulties. Our aim like that of Andras Peto, hungarian founder of Conductive Education, is to view child holistically, educating and motivating the child through play, to become active participants in their lives throughout their day.

Our early intervention programme for pre-school children from birth to five years incorporates the educational values and principals of Britain`s Early Years Foundation Stage (2012). It invites the parent/carer to be fully involved in their child`s learning process, by advising them on how to incorporate the fundamentals of our programmes into the lives of their children at home, thereby empowering the to be at the forefront of their child`s learning and development by promoting home/school collaboration.

One of the children from step and learn
The Article was by WBro Mark Lawson, Honor Oak Lodge.
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