Giant games, soft play, arts, crafts, simulation video games, a stilt-walker and Chanukah nosh brought festival fun to Camp Simcha families on Sunday as the charity welcomed them back to its first in-person party for two years.

They enjoyed the fun-filled afternoon at Stenecourt Shul in Salford, hosted by the charity, which supports seriously ill children and their families.

Camp Simcha Head of Services Daniel Gillis said: “It was wonderful to be able to welcome our families back to a party after so long. We put a lot of thought into making it as safe as possible for them – and it was wonderful to see them relaxing and enjoying themselves.

“While the children had fun, many of the parents really enjoyed being able to see each other and chat face to face again. While we have arranged virtual meet-ups, just having the time and space to chat with other parents who are facing similar challenges is really beneficial – not to mention the emotional boost of seeing their children have a great time.”

Camp Simcha parent Tracy Levene, from Whitefield, whose son Joey has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, said: “It was so good to be back face to face with all the wonderful Camp Simcha families and to see my children so happy at this year’s Chanukah party. After two years of really missing it, it was magical!”