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Welwyn pre-schoolers support 767 mile charity cycle marathon


Cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride made a pit-stop at Sycamore Day Nursery in Welwyn Garden City 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 Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Howlands - are cycling up to 70 miles a day on English roads, children are completing laps of around a special course in the garden on bikes, scooters and ‘walkers’.

They have raised £200 so far to help create a £50,000 children’s outside play area at a major hospital.

Welcoming the team after more than 341 miles - following the Bath start on Sunday – the children cheered and waved flags they had made for the occasion. Nursery Cook, Andrea Jonasson and assistant Seana Prentice created special ‘bicycle- shaped’ biscuits as part of a take-away snack bag for the team.

Sycamore Manager, Carol Kewley, said everybody was having fun with themed activities but the fund-raising push 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 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.