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Cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride made a pit-stop at Nursery on the Green Day Nursery in Southall 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 Thorncliffe Road - are completing up to 90 miles a day on English roads, staff and parents will be crunching the miles on a static bike at the nursery and children will be riding their trikes, scooters and buggies for sponsored events at home.
As Nursery on the Green Manager, Aran Forde, explained the fund-raising push to raise £50,000 for a children’s outside play area at a major hospital was important to staff and children.
“We are surrounded by happy, confident and healthy 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.
Aiming for 767 miles on the static bike, the nursery team is encouraging all family members and visitors to take a turn in helping to raise money for a play area for young patients and their visiting siblings at the new Princes Eugenie House in the grounds of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
The weary cyclists – who have completed over 240 miles since the Bath start on Sunday – were given ‘lei’ garlands to wear by cheering children at the nursery. Home-made baked treats, drinks and ice-cream will be on sale at the nursery throughout the week to boost funds raised.
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 who will be completing up to 90 miles a day over two weeks.
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.