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Braving the cold and rain, a team from Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard ‘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 Mentmore Road said the challenge had also highlighted the plight of the homeless at this time of the year.
Cedars Manager, Michelle Nokes, Team Leader Sally Jackson and practitioner Georgia Fields, 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 Michelle, thanking colleagues, nursery parents and family and friends for their generous support.
The team passed the hours planning how to recreate their cardboard camp in the nursery garden and create activities around shadows cast on the sides with the aid of a torch.
“The children were fascinated by our preparations for ‘The Big Sleep Out’ so we are looking at activities that will provide opportunities to talk about a wide range of topics and allow the children to use their imaginations to experiment and create,” said Sally Jackson.
The Alzheimer’s Society has been adopted by Cedars 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.”