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Having fun and playing games took on a whole new meaning for a group of local childcare workers on Saturday when dressed as Monopoly Board Game pieces they toured Oxford city landmarks to raise cash for charity.
The nine member team from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Sandfield Day Nursery in Headington used the Oxford version of the board game as a map, visiting places like Folly Bridge and the University, and ending the day long walk and ride marathon at The Kassam Stadium.
Becci Worth, Qualified Practitioner in the Sandfield Day Nursery Pre-school Room, described the 12 and half hour marathon around Oxford as good fun and praised parents and colleagues for their enthusiastic support.
“The children too have been wonderful; coming up with imaginative ideas for our costumes and talking about the route. There is nothing like a costume event at nursery to capture their imaginations and take fun to a whole new level. When we have cracked that the learning follows,” said Becci who was dressed as the Monopoly Dog piece.
Other members of the team, all from the Preschool Room at Sandfield Day Nursery, followed suit adopting costumes based on old and new Monopoly Board Pieces. They were Team Leader, Libby Fowler, (Man with top hat and moustache); Zena Sweetman (Dinosaur); Mary Ellis, Over 2’s Co-ordinator (Monopoly ‘Go’ sign); Penny Saunders (Penguin); Megan Cross (Prisoner in Jail); Hollie Clark (Ship); Courtney Ellis (Police Officer) and Carol Bentley (Racing Car).
Over £450 was raised in sponsorship and £102 in donations on the day, boosting the charity fund-raising total at the nursery to £4,300 so far this year.
Cash raised will go to Children Today, a charity supporting children and young people with a range of disabilities and illnesses, which Sandfield Day Nursery has adopted for a year-long fund-raising drive.
“This charity is particularly important to us all because we are surrounded by healthy and happy children every single day.
We were all really shocked to learn that young people who need specialised equipment to improve the quality of their lives are often dependent on this charity for equipment like mobility aids and special ventilation machines,” said Becci.