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Cambridge childcare team ‘sleep rough’ for charity


Braving the cold and rain, a six member team from West Cambridge Day Nursery slept rough’ to help raise more than £15,000 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 Charles Babbage Road, on the university site said the challenge had also highlighted the plight of the homeless at this time of the year.

The West Cambridge 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,” said practitioner Samuel M. Waters who also took part in last year’s event. Practitioner, Cassandra Green said:

“The children were fascinated by our preparations for ‘The Big Sleep Out’ telling us how to make campfires and stay dry. The event has provided so many opportunities to talk about a wide range of topics,” she said thanking everybody for their generous support of the fund-raiser.

The team was Samuel M. Waters, Kelly Howard, Kirsty Clifton, Lydia Tilmouth, Cassandra Green, and Phillipa Owen.

The Alzheimer’s Society has been adopted by West Cambridge 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.”

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