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Reading pre-schoolers support 767 mile charity cycle marathon


Cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride made a pit-stop at Green Park Day Nursery in Reading to cheer on pre-schoolers who have gone ‘wheely mad’ in support of the fund-raising marathon.

While the team – colleagues of staff at the day nursery in South Oak Way - are completing up to 90 miles a day on English roads, children have already raised £160 in sponsorship after marathon sessions on the bike track in the garden.

As Green Park Manager, Elayne Collins, explained staff and parents are also doing their bit to raise cash with sessions on a static bike in the nursery reception to help raise £50,000 for children’s outside play area at a major hospital.

“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 in hospital and their families supporting them on site,” she said, praising staff and parents for their tireless support of the fund-raising initiative.

The proceeds will go towards creating a children’s play area at the new Princes Eugenie House in the grounds of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

The team – which is cycling between each of the 47 day nurseries in the award-winning, employee-owned Childbase Partnership as part of 25th Birthday celebrations for the company – were treated to a breakfast of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and bagels prepared by Nursery Cook, Natalie Nash.

Departing for the next 70 mile leg of the journey, the team – headed by 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 – were inundated with requests from pre-schoolers to join the ride.

Colleagues will be joining the team for regional sections of the marathon and each nursery visited is 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.

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