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There was a carnival atmosphere at Miles House Day Nursery on Sunday morning as the Mayor of Bath officially started cyclists on a 767 mile bike ride to raise £50,000 for a children’s play area at a major hospital.
While the team – colleagues of staff at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Bathwick Hill – will be completing up to 90 miles a day on English roads, practitioners will be clocking up the miles on a static bike at the nursery while children do laps in buggies and on scooters on a special track outside.
The Mayor of Bath, Cllr Cherry Beath, toured the nursery and met cyclists, staff, children and parents enjoying a barbeque breakfast with pastries, juice bar and bouncy castle.
“I am delighted to find children and staff so enthusiastic about this venture. Not only will the children be exercising in the fresh air but also raising funds for such a worthwhile charity,” she said praising staff for their dedication and the exceptional opportunities provided for children in their care.
Miles House Manager Shabana Mall said raising money for a play area for young patients and their visiting siblings at the new Princes Eugenie House in the grounds of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital was particularly appealing to staff.
“We are surrounded by happy, healthy and confident children every day at nursery and can see how important an imaginative outdoor play area is to their development. It is even more important for children undergoing traumatic treatments and their families supporting them on site,” she said.
Miles House staff will take it in turns to cycle on a static bike at the nursery every day – aiming to complete 767 miles - with children completing laps on a special outside track on scooters, trikes and in buggies.
Cyclists on the ‘M and M Challenge’ (Miles House to Meadow View Day Nursery in Buckinghamshire) will visit each of the 47 day nurseries in the award-winning, employee-owned Childbase Partnership as part of 25th Birthday celebrations for the company.
Childbase Partnership CEO and founder, Mike Thompson, and Operations Director, Lynda Gostelow, who began her career with the company as a practitioner 25 years ago, are leading the cyclists who will be completing up to 90 miles a day over two weeks.
Colleagues will join the team for regional sections of the marathon and each nursery visited will be hosting their own sponsored events to boost fund-raising for the charity.
The Sue Andrews Foundation – a charitable organisation established in memory of a Childbase Partnership Director who died last year – selected this cause for the big fund-raising drive.