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Cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride making a pit-stop at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines on Tuesday were treated to a ‘carnival party’ by children and staff who have gone ‘wheely mad’ in support of the fund-raising marathon.
For five-year-old Cole Walker and one-year-old Nate the party was only part of their tribute to Dad, Junior, who has given up a week of annual leave to support colleagues of staff from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Knowle Green on their cycling marathon. The brothers, both sons of Knowle Green Manager Faye Walker, presented their father with a gold trophy engraved “Champion Dad” as he and the team completed their first 174 miles.
“Seeing my family is the perfect remedy for aching legs. This will be the longest I have been away from them since Nate was born but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to support such a worthy cause,” said Junior Walker.
A “very proud’ Knowle Green Manager, Faye Walker, explained the fund-raising push to raise £50,000 for a children’s outside play area at a major hospital had sparked exercise and crafting fund-raising activities at the nursery.
“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.
Long before the cyclists reached the nursery, they could hear the children cheering; beating home-made drums and blowing whistles. The tree-lined approach was covered with welcome messages and banners created by the children who had also decorated the garden for the party.
Staff made a donation to the cause so they could wear party gear and Mardi Gras masks, instead of their uniforms, while children completed cycle, buggie and ‘walker’ laps of the garden for sponsorship. All proceeds will go towards 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.