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Shani Dhanda Guest Blog: BBS Conference 2018

  • Posted on Oct 16, 2018

The 17th August 2018 had finally arrived – I had been looking forward to this weekend for months! After a day’s worth of travelling from London to Dundee, me and my family arrived at the Apex hotel for a weekend of celebrations.

Not only was this the 50th anniversary of the Brittle Bone Society but also the 25th anniversary of OIFE. It was so great to meet OI’ers from around Europe and from across the world – in fact guests came from 19 other countries!  After registering and receiving my goodie bag aptly themed around what Dundee is famous four ‘journalism, jute and jam’ we prepared for the exciting weekend ahead.

The highlight on Friday evening was the documentary which explained the history of the BBS and included Yvonne taking us around Dundee. I knew how the society was founded but this video explains everything from the very beginning. I had no idea how hard Margaret and her family worked to start the society. After the video had played the atmosphere in the room was emotional, and I for one felt even more grateful to Margaret for having the perseverance and tenacity of setting up the society and growing it from strength to strength, which allowed us all to be sitting together 50 years on!

Saturday played host to the usual conference events and activities with talks, workshops, the all-important AGM and Q&A sessions giving members the chance to feedback and engage with the society.

After a busy day, it was time for the gala dinner and as per usual, everyone got dressed up to the nines and we were in the mood to party. The gala dinner also played host to the BBS Awards covering many different categories. This is one of my favourite parts of the weekend as we all get to learn about what other families and individuals have been doing over the past year to support and fundraise for the society.

Sunday morning arrived as it always does with everyone a little bleary eyed from the night before and not wanting the weekend to be over so soon. There were a few talks and workshops on Sunday morning before lunch and everyone leaving to make their  journeys home. I always feel as though one weekend is never long enough to catch up with everyone and I look forward to keeping in touch with old and new friends I made over the weekend.

If like me you still have the post conference blues you can read more about conference and view the highlights film on the BBS Events page.

I can’t wait to find out what the BBS have planned for 2019 conference as they really outdid themselves this year – a massive thank you to the entire team at the BBS!