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Cheering children with inspiring banners greeted cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride as they made a pit-stop at River View Day Nursery in North Road, Hertford.
The team, which includes River View Manager Claire Heath, were met by a ‘Keep Calm and Keep Cycling’ banner, balloons and cheering children who have gone ‘wheely mad’ in support of the fund-raising marathon.
Completing nearly 350 miles since the Bath start on Sunday, the team returned the favour and cheered staff and children who are staging a week-long ‘Tour de Hertford’ cycling marathon on static bikes, scooters, and ‘walkers’ to help boost funds raised for a £50,000 children’s outside play area at a major hospital.
Taking it one stage further, Manager Claire Heath donned her cycle helmet and joined the team in Hemel Hempstead for a 90 mile section of the journey visiting sister nurseries in the region.
She said the ‘Tour de Hertford’ – with everybody taking turns on child and adult static bikes – was providing a lot of fun at the nursery but the activities also had a serious side which was keeping her going:
“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) 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.