On Saturday 23 July we celebrated Illuminate Freedom‘s First Birthday, and what a celebration!
Photo 1: Some of the Birthday Gang relaxing in the sun, bright green grass and trees all around, colourful balloons and a number 1 shaped pink balloon floating in the air
We had an amazing afternoon in sunny Kensington Gardens, with lovely company, delicious food and drink, laughter, music, water pistol fights and obviously lots of dancing!
Photo 2: Louise holds a big chocolate cake with a number 1 candle in the middle, and smiles to the group while announcing it is time for the birthday cake
Louise led a great Dance in the Park session, and lots of people (including some very enthusiastic children) joined in!
When we finally managed to pull ourselves away from a great time in the park, stuffed full of birthday cake, some courtesy of our friend Paloma Faith, the party then moved on to The Beachcomber, on Queensway.
We had some amazing cocktails, delicious soul food and again lots of dancing – that’s how we like to party!
Thank you so much to all the lovely people who joined us and contributed to making it such a wonderful birthday – and again a huge thank you to all of you who have been supporting Illuminate Freedom throughout our amazing first year. We can’t wait for the many years to come : )
Above: Twenty blind and partially sighted men and women give Illuminate Freedom a thumbs up!
Yes, Illuminate Freedom will soon be one year old – and it will be a birthday to remember!
We will be hosting a fabulous Birthday Picnic in Hyde Park on the afternoon of Saturday 23 July. Absolutely everyone is welcome – no matter your age or mobility, feel free to bring along your family, friends, guide dogs and carers. It will be a great chance to relax in the sun (we hope!) and meet some new and amazing people, young and old. It will also be a chance for you to meet the rest of the ever-growing Illuminate Freedom Team.
There will be joy, laughter, games and a little sing-a-long, for those who fancy humming a little tune. And who knows, there may even be a couple of mini performances from our Big Dance performers, our music band Soul Vision or our Blind Street Dance crew Blind Beats!
So come along and bring a blanket, a camping chair, a packed lunch and maybe even a musical instrument! Stay tuned for more details, and make sure you save the date.