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Braving sub-zero temperatures and rain, childcare workers from Edwalton Day Nursery slept rough to help raise over £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 Melton Road, Edwalton, said they had been spurred on to succeed by their supporters.
Four-year-old Jessica Powe in the Preschool Room even created a special ‘Good Luck’ sign which was laminated and attached to the cardboard camp created by the team.
“The sleep-out was amazing and really raised awareness about all the challenges people who are homeless face on a daily basis. It was extremely tough but so rewarding. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to take part and raise money for a very special charity,” said Edwalton Deputy Manager Lucy Smyth-Sills.
“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 added.
She was joined by wife, Jenna Smyth-Sills and Margaret Griffin, who both work in the Preschool Room at Edwalton, and Area Manager, Beverley Sharpe. All praised the “amazing support” from Edwalton parents, staff and children, in raising over £1,000 in cash sponsorship, in addition to online donations and the proceeds of bakes sales.
“The evening was a great success and we were so proud to take part for such a worthy cause,” said Lucy.
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.