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Braving the cold and rain, a team from Julia Durbin Day Nursery in Oxford ‘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 Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Old Road, Roosevelt Drive, said the challenge had also highlighted the plight of the homeless at this time of the year.
The Julia Durbin practitioners Wayne Gregory and Rachel Saxton 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, and I lost my grandfather to it, so whatever the night brings we are here until morning,” said Wayne Gregory. Rachel Saxton said:
“The support and generosity shown by colleagues, nursery parents and family and friends has been brilliant. We want to say a ‘Big thank you from the Big Sleep Out’ to them all.”
The Alzheimer’s Society has been adopted by Julia Durbin 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.”