Meningitis Now was chosen as one of the charities to take part in the event by one of our supporters, who works at the zoo and lost their granddaughter to meningitis many years ago.
The families were given their very own private tour guides, who took them round to meet the animals as well as teaching the children some wildlife facts. Star Wars and other cartoon characters posed for photos and added to the fun, and the youngsters were all given food, drink and ice cream by the generous zoo staff.
To top it off, the children were also presented with a goody bag each, which included a teddy from the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen – who himself lost his son to meningitis in 1999.
Anne-Marie Bates, who attended the special night with husband Phil and sons Ethan and George, said it had been a “lovely evening”.
“We’ve never been to Chester Zoo and it really is such a lovely place,” she said. “We felt like it was a very special evening so we are very grateful to Chester Zoo for putting this on for families like ours."
“We are also grateful to Meningitis Now for offering it to us”.
Chris Mather, our Community Support Officer for the North West, said the zoo had provided a wonderful opportunity for our families.
“Living with the impact of meningitis, in whatever form that takes, is never easy,” she said. “So it is a pleasure to be able to offer at least one night of fun and making memories for some of those who we support."
“I hope all the children had a great time – and that their parents enjoyed seeing their children having fun!”.