Members of Little People UK had a great time at the 6th Annual Convention in Leicester Marriott this weekend.
There were lots of activities throughout, including medical panels, cooking demonstrations, nerf wars, science experiments, pet refuge, retro games, plus lots more.
The weekend started off with LPUK heading back to the 80’s! There was a full 80’s themed disco, sweets, make-up and retro arcade games. There were lots of weird and wonderful costumes of the iconic 80’s style and everyone had a great time; adults were reliving their childhood with the arcade games and the children were finding out about the delights of the older games consoles.
Saturday morning started off once again with LPUK’s 4th Medical Panel, where we were joined by lots of consultants, physiotherapists and paediatricians who all have some interest in supporting people with dwarfism. A huge thank you to everyone who attended; Mr Latimer, Mr Laing, Mr Crawford, Mr Thompson, Mr Snead, Mr Suri, Annie McNinch, Sara Taylor and Tamsin Brown, we really appreciate their support and invaluable advice to our members. We were also delighted to welcome chefs from Jamie’s Italian who held a fantastic, informative cookery workshop, providing our members with some simple and easy meals to prepare. We had a number of expo companies at our convention, who are able to provide aids, adaptions and equipment to people with dwarfism. There were also a wide range of activities throughout the day to entertain children and adults, including: Sublime Science, Nerf Wars, Exotic Pet Refuge, FIFA Tournament and lots more. The evening meals were again fantastic, and there was excellent evening entertainment from magician Mandy Muden and singer Alex James Ellison, who performed an excellent set, even some of our LPUK members took part. The event was topped off with a celebration of the fundraisers and LPUK’s inaugural #PositivelyUnique awards which celebrate the achievements of our members; this years winners were Ethan Backhurst (0-11 years), Caitlyn Hellyer (12-18 years) and Kay Kelly (19+ years). All of whom ebody the ethos of LPUK.
Once again the AGM was held Sunday morning with an alternative of Radio Control cars for the children, we were also treat to a fantastic dance after the AGM by some of the younger members, lead by Fran Mills. The weekend ended with a fantastic game of LPUK Rounders, thanks to Tom and DSAuk followed by a lovely Sunday Roast and chance for everyone to say their goodbyes.
A huge thank you to everyone all the volunteers who helped out over the weekend, and finally a huge thank you to everyone who came. We look forward to seeing you all next year.
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