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Cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride made a pit-stop at Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford 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 Bridge Farm Road - are cycling up to 90 miles a day on English roads, staff have been taking it in turns to complete 119 miles on a static bike at the nursery.
Taking it one stage further, Practitioner Ellen Anthony donned her cycle helmet and joined the team on the six mile ride to a sister nursery in Maidenhead,
Cedar Parks Manager, Freda Pritlove, explained the fund-raising push – over £120 banked so far - to raise £50,000 for a children’s outside play area at a major hospital had everybody in nursery ‘on the move’ with children taking part in their own ‘wheeled’ activities in the garden.
“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.
Money raised will help establish 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) have been 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 have been joining the team for regional sections of the marathon and each nursery visited has hosted 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.