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CrossReach Services Users Enjoy 'Dreamnight' at Zoo

Wednesday June 13 2018

Hundreds of young CrossReach service users and their families enjoyed an evening at Edinburgh Zoo for ‘Dreamnight’ last week.

CrossReach, the Church of Scotland’s social care arm, was one of four charities invited to take part in the evening, in which children with various additional needs and their families are treated to a special evening out.

Originated in 2000 at Rotterdam Zoo, Dreamnight is now held by all sorts of institutions across the world. Invited children and families enjoy not just a trip to the zoo but a VIP experience including behind the scenes visits, meeting the keepers and animals close up, as well as an entertainments programme.

Crispin Longden, CrossReach’s supporter development manager, said: “Last Friday evening, June 8, almost 2,000 excited children and their families descended on Edinburgh Zoo for an unforgettable evening of close encounters of the furry, feathery and scaly kind – and more besides.

“CrossReach was delighted to be nominated as one of four charities to participate in Dreamnight 2018.  Our 700-plus guests came from far and wide (Glasgow, Polmont, Perth, Stirling as well as Edinburgh). For some of these families this was the first time they had visited Edinburgh, let alone a zoo.”

CrossReach’s services to young people and families include residential care and education, additional needs support, counselling, facilities for prison visitors and help for children and young people affected by substance abuse.


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