Bereaved fathers visit London for a respite week
On Tuesday, 12th June. nineteen bereaved fathers, all affected by a terrorist atrocity in Israel, including one father whose son was one of the three boys kidnapped in 2014 , came together for a very special rehabilitative week in London .
Hosted by families in the Hendon area, they have visited the London Motor Museum as well as being hosted in fabulous riverside home at Marlow for the day in the June sunshine. Last night they had a great evening with a whiskey tasting at the home of a generous supporter.
Today , Thursday they visit RAF Hendon , golf and shopping and then onto the Lion King this evening.
Sunday Farewell BBQ
Sunday evening June 17th the group bid farewell to their hosts as the community at Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue held a fabulous BBQ for the guests, their hosts and the wider congregation.
Quotes from the hosts:
- A big big thank you and yeshecoach to David for everything! And to you the lovely host families.
- The Hendon Adath community embraced this group and we and they thank you so very much.
- Thank you so much David for everything you have done to make this such an amazing week!
- It was a real pleasure and honour for us to organise this event- the benefits of which for everyone involved far exceeded our wildest expectations
- Thanks to One Family David and Linda for organising the trip. The group was very cohesive and despite their constant agony, were able to laugh and befriend the members of Hendon Adass. We opened our houses to them but they opened their hearts to us and we now have new lifetime friends.
Earlier in the day the group visited Camden market to get a different flavour of London and then took a trip on the canal to Little Venice:
Monday- the final farewell
This morning before flying home to their families in Israel the group are taking a flying visit to the British Museum – not a minute to waste!
Sadly they fly home this afternoon and they have left the community missing them already.
Helping each other
Staying with host families makes the experience even greater as they forge friends for life with their hosts . Often, these victims of terror do not know that there are people outside of Israel that care for their wellbeing and this is of great comfort to them.
Each member of the group came to London as strong individuals who have been exposed to terror, yet have chosen to stay positive and choose life despite the bereavement they suffered. This trip enabled the group to get to know each other, as many didn’t know each other well and to be strengthened by the power of being together with people who understand the difficult feelings they have had to cope with following the bereavement of their sibling. The trip literally changes their lives!
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