Each year the Help for Heroes Tedworth House Recovery Centre holds a summer fete and festival for the Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters. Dubbed Summerfest, the beneficiaries and their families come together and enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment. The Band of Brothers fellowship offers lifelong access to support and opportunities for the wounded, injured and sick service men and women and gives them an opportunity to meet one another and share experiences, such as Summerfest. Last year heavy rain washed over the event, luckily this year sunglasses and sun cream were essential items for the day. Over 250 beneficiaries and their families attended and used the marquee as spot to cool down – rather than sheltering inside it.
Attendees enjoyed an array of activities, including an exotic petting zoo with racoons which were a huge success, however the tarantula was more of an acquired taste! Other activities included a rock-climbing wall, a steam train and a bouncy castle which was enjoyed by all the children, and even a few adults. The guests were treated to a huge range of live music from Boudicca’s Boys, Little Folk, Will Lawton and many more – all organised by Marland Music Management.
‘Some of the live music at Summerfest’ Refreshments included afternoon cream teas, a very popular ice cream van and in the evening a BBQ feast. Giles Woodhouse, Head of Recovery south said: “Many of the Band of Brothers and Band of Sister members communicate with each other online so an event such as Summerfest can help turn those online relationships into real friendships. “As well as the service personnel and veterans meeting like-minded individuals, it allows the opportunity for their families to meet – which has led to some great friendships. I’d like to thank all those who attended, the volunteers, Team Tedworth Volunteers and the BoB/BoS team for working so hard to put this event together”
The feedback from those who attended was extremely positive and many shared their thoughts on Twitter:
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