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Leamington Spa Day Nursery team ‘sleeps rough’ for charity


Braving sub-zero temperatures and rain, childcare workers from Emscote House Day Nursery slept rough to help raise £12,000 so far for Children Today, a charity supporting young people with disabilities.

Emerging from sleeping bags on flattened cardboard boxes following one of the coldest nights of the year, practitioners Sue Cartwright-Smith and Becca Duggan from the Ofsted-rated Outstanding day nursery in Warwick Place said the experience had highlighted the plight of the homeless at this time of the year.

Becca explained why they were so keen to complete the challenge whatever the conditions: “We are surrounded by happy, healthy and confident children every day and were all really shocked to learn that young people who need specialised equipment to improve the quality of their lives are dependent on this charity. The equipment they need, like ventilation machines for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers, is not always provided by the NHS,” she said.

Armed with sleeping bags, Children Today’s Corporate Fundraising Coordinator, Thomas Williams, and colleague Jessica Chiverton-Stanway joined over 100 fund-raisers from Childbase Partnership day nurseries throughout the South of England, for the ‘sleep out’ and praised them for adopting the charity for a year-long fund-raising drive.

“We have been astounded by the generosity of Childbase and wanted to mark our partnership by taking part in this special event. As our charity relies totally on voluntary donations, support like this is vital to our work in helping improve the quality of life for many children and young people with disabilities. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole Childbase team for their amazing efforts,” said Tom Williams.

Mike Thompson, CEO of Childbase Partnership, Employee Owned Business of the Year and a UK National Champion in the European Business Awards, rallied the troupes at the start and end of the challenge.

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