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Kids 1st Nurseries and Helen McArdle Care joined forces this weekend to host a free family fun day for all of the staff and families of the care homes and nurseries. The event held at Newcastle Racecourse had a Grease theme with a replica of Greased Lightning, hand-jiving and music from Summer Lovin'.
Throughout the day each of the nurseries and care homes raised money for The Children’s Foundation with Grease themed stalls including: Frenchy’s Nail Salon, 50’s sweets and drinks and photographs in Greased Lightning. The care home chefs also participated in the event with the Great Helen McArdle Care Bake Off! The finale of the day came from Real Radio Breakfast hosts, Gary and Lisa, who presented ‘Film Tunes’, a special version of their breakfast show game ‘Telly Tunes.’
Helen McArdle, Chairman and Founder of family run companies Helen McArdle Care and Kids 1st said: “We hold a free family fun day every year for our staff and their families to say thank you for all of their hard work and dedication to the company. It is great that we have raised so much money in the process.
As the head of a large family I know how difficult it can be to find the time to spend quality time together, so it was wonderful to see the staff letting their hair down and having fun with their families and colleagues.”
Libby Nolan, Fundraising Manager at The Children’s Foundation, said: “We are so grateful that Kids 1st and Helen McArdle care continue to support The Children’s Foundation and the work we do. The family fun day was a huge success and it was great to meet the staff, children and families who help to fundraise throughout the year. All money raised will go to support The Children’s Foundation’s Happy, Healthy & Safe appeal.”
The money raised will be used to support the charity’s three main aims, developing innovation to help prevent and cure children from becoming ill and to reduce stress for both the child and their family, working in partnership to improve life chances of children with physical, mental and emotional needs and delivering practical interventions both in the home and wider community, to improve the safety of children in the North East.
Helen, who is also delighted with the fundraising total said: “We always try to support North East charities through fundraising, sponsorship and events, and our annual staff family fun day is a great way for us to support children and families in the region."