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News from PACT - February 10th 2016

Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to our February 2016 Newsletter.

Caravan Bookings
Berwick-On-Tweed
This caravan will be available for holidays from the 19th March 2016 and it is for PACT families where the child is off treatment or bereaved. Families may go more than once but only go once in the school holidays (this includes Easter, half-terms, and summer) and priority is given to families that have not been before. The cost of the caravan is £100.00 per week plus a further £50.00 which will be retained as a bond against any damages or losses, this bond will be refundable on return from your holiday when the caravan has been checked and the signed inventory returned to the PACT office.
 
Filey/Primrose Valley
This caravan will be available for holidays from the 19th March and it is for PACT families where the child is still on treatment; however families may only go once. If a family wants to go in the first year of treatment they must first check with their consultant to make sure it fits in with treatment. The cost is £50.00 per week plus a further £50.00 which will be retained as a bond against any damages or losses, this bond will be refundable on return from holiday when the caravan has been checked and the signed inventory returned to the PACT office.
 
If you are interested in booking either caravan for a week's holiday (weeks run from Saturday to Saturday), please contact the PACT office after the 7th March. We will need to know your name and contact details, which caravan you wish to book, your preferred dates and also whether or not you have any other holidays booked through the hospital/other charities. When we have sorted through all the requests we will contact you with a confirmed booking.
 
Clinic Appeal
Thank you to everyone has helped us so far with raising funds for the new oncology and haematology clinic. The ongoing total is shown on the Appeal Justgiving page and also in the clinic and as you can see we now have 44 % of the money needed. However, we do need to keep the fundraising going if we are to reach our target by 2017, so we all need to keep up the good work!
 
Christmas Party and Bowling
We hope everyone who came along enjoyed the bowling and the party, though we know there were a few issues around the late change of the party from Sunday to Saturday due to SWFC's home match on the Sunday.
 
Please note that although we are trying to book the Christmas Party for the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of December this year, the date and venue of the party haven't been confirmed yet so look out for further information in our next Newsletter. The Bowling will be on a weekday night at the end of November or beginning of December.  

Dates for your Diary

Open Garden Event

Chris and Keith Littlewood will be opening their garden again at 9 Meadowhead Avenue, Sheffield to raise funds for PACT.  The date for the open garden is Sunday 1st May from 11.00 am until 5.00 pm and the entry fee is £2 for an adult with accompanied children free. If you are able to provide any baking for this event, please contact the PACT Office.  
 
The PACT Charity Ball
This year's ball will be on Saturday 21st May at Baldwin's Omega, Sheffield. Tickets are £45 each for a five course meal and entertainment which this year will be singer Andy Ellison  and magician Benoit Pierre BenZ, there will also be a raffle and a silent auction.  If you are interested in booking tickets/a table (tables normally seat 10), please contact the PACT Office for full details and a booking form. We are also selling advertising space (full or half page adverts) in the ball brochure; please contact the office for more information.
 
Remembering Day
This event is for bereaved PACT families and is organised by the social work team who can be contacted on 0114 271 7406. At the moment the date and venue have not yet been confirmed and so details will follow in the next Newsletter.  
           
Pets Corner Trip - Saturday 7th May
Please email the PACT Office with the information requested below if you would like to go on the trip to Pets Corner which is at Sundown Adventureland, Treswell Road, Rampton, near Retford, DN22 0HX. This is a children's theme park which is specifically designed for young families with children under the age of 10 and is not suitable for teenagers.  
 
Please note that transport is not provided so you will have to make your own way there but car parking is free. PACT will supply everyone with admission tickets and a packed lunch (please indicate below if you require any vegetarian lunches).
 
We must have replies back in the office by the 22nd April so that we can confirm numbers, organise the lunches and send out tickets.  Please note that the tickets are only valid on the 7th May.  
 
Family Name  ..................................................
Address  ..........................................................
Telephone No  .................................................
Number Adults Attending (Maximum 2 per family) ................... 
Number Children Attending  ...................
Number of vegetarian packed lunches required ……………
 

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