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Braving the cold and rain, a team from Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham ‘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 Pennypot Lane said the challenge had also highlighted the plight of the homeless at this time of the year.
Practitioner Alannah Lemore said:
“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,” she said.
The Pennypot team, which included Leoni Brown and Mel Sponder, 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.
Melanie, who took part in last year’s sleep out, said:
“Taking part in this fund raising event is always a reminder of how much we take for granted in our daily lives. We all have a safe, warm, dry and comfortable bed at home when others are forced to do this every single night,” she said.
“We are always surprised by the level of support and generosity shown for all fundraising events at the nursery and want to say a ‘Big thank you from the Big Sleep Out’ to everybody.”
The Alzheimer’s Society has been adopted by Pennypot 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.”