Camp Simcha families in Manchester enjoyed a Chanukah party ‘jam-packed’ with fun last week.

For many, it was their first big Camp Simcha party with activities ranging from a bouncy castle and soft play to virtual bowling, a graffiti wall, Batak lite and giant board games. With a balloon modeller and juggler, as well as arts and crafts and plenty of food, there was something to entertain every family member.

Manchester services co-ordinator Goldie Benedikt said the event, at Stene Court Synagogue in Salford, was a big hit. “Many of the parents told me how great it was for their children – and them – to spend time with other Camp Simcha families who understand what they are going through on a daily basis.  Although events like this are mostly about bringing joy and light to our families, they also help reinforce that sense of being part of the Camp Simcha community.”

Parent Mel Fernandez, whose son Otto, 1, has Allagille Syndrome which causes liver disease and affects his heart, attended the party with her family.

Mrs Fernandez, from Prestwich, Manchester, said it was great chatting to other parents while Otto and his two siblings, Riva and Monty, were having fun.

“The entertainment was great and we had the volunteers keeping the kids occupied so we could chat to other parents. Otto is getting older now so gets to enjoy it more and it’s just so lovely to see and so great for him to experience – and of course Riva and Monty love everything Camp Simcha does for them.”