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Cranfield childcare team ‘sleep rough’ for charity


Braving the cold and rain, a three member team from Cherry Trees Day Nursery in Cranfield ‘slept rough’ to help raise more than £12,000 so far for the Alzheimer’s Society, the UK’s leading dementia charity.

Emerging from sleeping bags on flattened cardboard boxes, the fund-raisers from the day nursery in Duncan Road on the university site said the challenge had also highlighted the plight of the homeless at this time of the year.

Cherry Trees practitioner, James Silia, and the team joined over 100 colleagues from sister day nurseries in the award-winning, employee owned Childbase Partnership, for the annual ‘Big Sleep Out’ fund-raising event.

“One cold, uncomfortable night is nothing compared with the good that can be achieved with the money raised. We all know someone who is living with dementia so whatever the night brings we are here until morning,” he said.

The Cherry Trees Day Nursery team members were James Silia, Victoria Mazzone, and Rachel Burrows who said:

“We are always surprised by the level of support and generosity for fund-raising events and want to say a ‘Big thank you from the Big Sleep Out’ to everybody,” she said.

The Alzheimer’s Society has been adopted by Cherry Trees Day Nursery for a year-long fund-raising drive. Georgie Davies from Alzheimer’s Society’s fundraising team said:

“It’s incredible to see the team braving the cold January weather to show their support and raise money for the Society. The money raised by the ‘Big Sleep Out’ will help provide vital information and support for people affected by dementia.”

(L-R) Cherry Trees Day Nursery team Victoria Mazzone, Rachel Burrows, and James Silia, ‘sleep rough’ for charity.

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