Specially invited children and their families enjoy a memorable evening at the Safari Park
Blair Drummond Safari Park quietly opened its gates afterhours on Friday 1st June for an exclusive event, inviting VIP guests from sixteen Scottish charities to enjoy a very special evening at the Safari Park.
‘Dreamnight at the Zoo’ is an event that is held globally and hosted by over 300 zoos, safari parks and aquariums across 35 countries. Dreamnight allows children and families who are living with life-long illnesses or disabilities to enjoy a memorable evening together.
Blair Drummond Safari Park hosted its first Dreamnight in 2009. This year the special evening took place between 6:00pm and 9:00pm on Friday 1st June and 1000 tickets were given to invited children and their families for a VIP experience with entertainment, refreshments and an early evening tour of the Safari Park.
The families attended free of charge and their invites were allocated through charity partners.
Fife Young Carers were one of the charity partners for the event. Development Worker Amber Reid commented:
"Our Young Carers and their families had a great time. The event was well-planned and accessible for everyone and our families really appreciated all the activities."
Gary Gilmour Park Manager at Blair Drummond Safari Park comments:
“Many of the families invited through our charity partners face challenges on a daily basis, and we’re very happy that we are able to host them for this memorable evening. Our event took place with the help of Safari Park staff, volunteers, suppliers, and supporters- we’re grateful for everybody's commitment to make it happen.”
Event organiser and Head of Education at Blair Drummond Safari Park Katie Macfarlane said:
“I’m delighted to have helped create this memorable experience for our guests - it was a very special event to organise and be part of. The families who attended all seemed to have a fantastic night. Thanks to all those who attended and volunteered on the night – we couldn’t do it without them.”
Dreamnight 2018 was supported by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Killin Mountain Rescue, Jojo's Party People and Scott Lovat Children's Entertainer.
Catering was provided with the generous support of Brakes, Henry's Coffee Company, Radnor Hills, Vimto, Mackie's of Scotland and Froneri.
The children who were invited received toys gifted by Billy Ross Wholesale, Keel Toys, Deluxbase, Talbot Fashions, Millars Ark Toys and Keycraft.
Laura Rutherford, PAMIS, said:
"PAMIS were delighted to be chosen as a charity to take part in Blair Drummond Safari Park's Dreamnight in 2018. The sun was shining, the event and activities were brilliant and our families (and volunteers!) all had a wonderful time! As co-chair of the Changing Places toilet campaign, we must add that the fantastic Changing Places toilet at the safari park really helped to make this event inclusive and accessible for our families. Thank you to all involved!"