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Julia Durbin Day Nursery team ‘sleeps rough’ for charity


Braving sub-zero temperatures and rain, childcare workers from Julia Durbin 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, the three member team from the Ofsted Outstanding day nursery in Old Road, Roosevelt Drive, Headington, said the challenge was more difficult than expected and highlighted the plight of the homeless at this time of the year.

Julia Durbin practitioner, Karina Malin, said everybody was determined to complete the challenge in aid of such a worthy cause.

“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 and Founder 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.

The Julia Durbin team was Kayleigh Shaw, Jade Wyatt, and Karina Malin.

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