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Cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride made a pit-stop at Greengables Day Nursery in Sandhurst 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 Yeovil Road, Owlsmoor – cycle up to 90 miles a day on English roads, children are ‘lapping’ their purpose-built road circuit in the garden, and staff members are taking turns on a static bike and hoping to complete 120 miles in two days.
With a home-made welcome banner and child-sized pom-poms, children and staff cheered the cyclists into Greengables Day Nursery where Chef Nick Newby laid on healthy snacks and a fruit platter for the team.
Manager Jane Waterhouse said the fund-raising push to create a £50,000 children’s outside play area at a major hospital had special significance for her team.
“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.
Sponsored sporting activities at the nursery will raise money for a children’s play area at the new Princes Eugenie House in the grounds of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.
Cyclists on the ‘M and M Challenge’ (Miles House Day Nursery in Bath to Meadow View Day Nursery in Buckinghamshire) are 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.
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.
Colleagues are joining the team for regional sections of the marathon and each nursery visited is hosting 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.