Busy Bees children’s nursery at Derby Heatherton invited members of the local community to a family-friendly summer fete to help raise money for charity.
Children, parents and families gathered at the nursery, based on Hollybrook Way in Heatherton, to enjoy a fun-filled day, where they raised over £340 for the national childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish.
Jessica Fearon, nursery manager at Busy Bees at Derby Heatherton, said: “The summer fete is such a fantastic way of bringing together our parents, children and the local community for a great day out. This year, it was also an opportunity for us to raise as much money as we could for a fantastic cause.
“It’s the kind and generous donations from the local community that make a difference to families in the UK currently suffering from a bereavement. It’s also great that we can be part of a wider collaborative effort by Busy Bees nurseries across the country to raise all-important donations.
“We have a fantastic garden and outdoor area at the nursery which was packed full of exciting activities for the children to explore, and stalls for parents and families. The nursery is also now under new management and we had a number of new staff who played an integral part in making this summer fete event such a success.”
During the day, families were able to take part in colouring competitions, browse stalls of homemade jewellery and cards, whilst children had their faces painted and played on the bouncy castle.
Families, children and nursery staff also had an opportunity to test their problem solving and numeracy skills by estimating how many balloons could fit inside a car, guessing the weight of the cake, and seeing how high they could bounce.
The nursery chef made a selection of cakes to sell during the event, with all proceeds from the day going to the charity that helps more than 40,000 children rebuild their lives after the death of a parent or sibling.
Busy Bees nursery at Derby Heatherton is one of 266 Busy Bees nurseries that has been supporting Winston’s Wish this year. The money raised across the nationwide nurseries has already funded specialist bereavement support programmes including: practitioner-led therapeutic services, regional drop-in sessions, a pre-school help book and the national helpline.
More than 100 children are bereaved of a parent in the UK each day. The death of a parent or sibling is a fundamental loss and studies show that if children are not supported in the right way during the grieving process, it can have a deep and lasting effect on their emotional well-being causing problems in later life.
Elizabeth Tomala, fundraising assistant at Winston’s Wish, commented: “We’ve had fantastic support from Busy Bees and the Summer Fete at the nursery in Derby Heatherton is another to add to the long list. Their support means a huge deal to everyone at Winston’s Wish and the money raised enables us to continue our support for children who have been bereaved.
"The Summer Fete looked like a fantastic day out for all of the staff and children involved and an amazing amount of money has been raised.”
Marg Randles, managing director of Busy Bees, previously said: “It is extremely important to us that we help a national charity that supports children and families and Winston’s Wish is a fantastic fit. Our 250 nurseries nationwide involve our children and parents in a range of exciting fundraising challenges, which we hope will make real difference to children, young people and their families across the UK.”
Busy Bees is a provider of quality childcare, looking after 30,000 children across the country, in 266 nurseries. Committed to providing quality care for every child in a safe, caring environment, Busy Bees meets each child’s individual social, physical and emotional needs.
For more information on Winston’s Wish, visit: http://www.winstonswish.org.uk/