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Cheering ‘flag and banner waving’ children greeted cyclists on a 767 mile charity cycle ride as they made a pit-stop at Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry.
The team – colleagues of staff at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in the Westwood Business Park – have completed 610 miles so far, thanked staff and children who are ‘on the move’ 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, Westwood Practitioners Annabelle Robertson and Liz Keys donned their cycle helmets and cheered on by the children – who had made a ‘well done’ banner and arranged toys to show the mileage completed so far - joined the team on the nine mile ride to a sister nursery in Leamington Spa.
Westwood Area Manager, Beverley Sharpe, explained the themed activities in nursery were proving to be great fun for everybody involved but it was the importance of the charity that was driving staff on to their bikes.
“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.
The Westwood practitioners, who are not regular cyclists, joined Coventry woman Lynda Gostelow, Operations Director of the award-winning, employee-owned Childbase Partnership and the only permanent woman on the team, which began the marathon cycle ride in Bath at the beginning of August.
Born Binley, Coventry, Lynda, who began her career with Childbase Partnership 25 years ago, said the support of colleagues, children and their parents at each pit stop was proving the perfect antidote for aching legs.
Sponsored sporting activities at the nursery – staff are taking it in turns on a static exercise bike during breaks - will raise money for a children’s play area at the new Princess 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 is leading the cyclists with colleagues from each nursery joining him for regional sections of the epic journey.
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.