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8th June 2018

Saturday 2nd June Dream Night at the Zoo

Saturday 2nd June saw the first ever Dream Night at the Zoo hosted by Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm.

Dream Night was initially started by Rotterdam Zoo in 1996, when they invited children from the cancer ward of a local hospital along with their families to visit the zoo in twilight hours away from the crowds. The project quickly grew with other zoos joining in across Europe, the UK, Canada and America.

The mission of Dream Night at the Zoo is to provide an annual cost free open evening during June. The children are welcomed as VIP guests and is exclusively for chronically ill and disabled children, their parents and brothers and sisters. They are families who would not normally be able to visit a zoo.

On June 2nd at 5pm, fifteen families were invited through Zoe’s Place Hospice, along with four children from the hospice accompanied by hospice staff. They were treated to face painting, a visit from the crew of Stratford-upon-Avon Fire Station along with engine and Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions. The evening ended with a picnic tea in the wildflower garden and a delicious cake donated and handmade by Daisyblue Bakehouse, featuring our very own Stumpy the iguana!

All the families were given goodie bags on their departure packed full of gifts donated by local businesses.

For more information on Dream Night at the Zoo and Zoe’s Place please refer to their websites.

www.dreamnightatthezoo.nl

www.zoes-place.org.uk

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm would like to say a huge thank you to all the businesses and organisations that have supported us and made donations enabling the event to take place. We look forward to hosting another Dream Night at the Zoo next June.

Credits to: The One Elm, The Fourteas, Warwick Castle, Twycross Zoo, Black Country Living Museum, Shakespeares Schoolroom, El Greco, City Sight Seeing Tours, The Mad Museum,Ashcroft Mailing, 50 Henley Street, Riverside Tea Garden, Shipton & Co, The Attic Theatre, Richard Harrington, X Plan Business and Annette Rigg, for donating gifts for the goodie bags.

The crew of Stratford-upon-Avon Fire Station for attending with their engine.

Caroline Berwick of Daisyblue Bakehouse for donating the cake.

Café on the Go for donating their time.

Waitrose for the use of their token scheme to raise money for the event to take place.

All the amazing staff from Zoe’s Place who accompanied children from the hospice and the families for attending.