Ilkley Family Fun Day 2019

Ilkley Family Day 2019

Nell Bank is set in the beautiful countryside of Ilkley, West Yorkshire and last Saturday, 29th June, it was home to the 4th JIA-at-NRAS Ilkley Family Fun Day. 

We welcomed a number of new faces and many returning families, on what was one of the hottest days of the year!

Nell Bank is a purpose built activity centre that provides day and residential experiences for children and teenagers of any age, ability and mobility range.

Children and teenagers with JIA, and their siblings, were able to enjoy pond dipping for water monsters, general wet play and hut building whilst their parents had the opportunity to listen to talks with healthcare professionals and ask questions during a  dedicated Q&A section at the end of each presentation.

This year we were joined by rheumatology experts Dr Mark Wood, a Consultant Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatologist at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Georgia Hayward, young person keyworker in Paediatric Rheumatology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Sandra Marshall, a Specialist Paediatric Rheumatology nurse at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

The fourth and final talk was from Chloe Scarlett, who has had JIA since she was 2 years old. Chloe is a qualified Drama Therapist, and enthralled the audience with an inspirational presentation about her journey. Audience members were overwhelmed by her lust for life and her belief that a full life can be lived despite JIA.

As the clock rolled round to 4pm, the families gradually departed with thanks for a fun filled, but tiring day!

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