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Cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride made a pit-stop at Woodlands Day Nursery in Barnet 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 Orchard Road - are cycling up to 70 miles a day on English roads, children are completing laps on a specially constructed road system, complete with signs and a zebra crossing, in the nursery garden.
As Woodlands Manager, Melina Koulakis, explained everybody was having fun but the fund-raising push to help raise £50,000 for a children’s outside play area at a major hospital was important to 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 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.