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Cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride made a pit-stop at Victoria House Day Nursery in Marlow to cheer on pre-schoolers who have gone ‘wheely mad’ in support of the fund-raising marathon.
The team – all colleagues of staff at the day nursery in Victoria Road – crossed the finishing line after a day-long stint in the saddle, to be greeted by cheering children of all ages who had spent the morning doing laps of the garden on bikes, scooters and in buggies.
They presented gold medals to all the cyclists including Manager, Karen Vockins, who joined the team at a sister nursery in Reading for the 70 mile leg of the journey.
She said the fund-raising push to raise £50,000 for a 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 activities at the nursery will help 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 will join 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.