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Childbase Partners ‘win’ for charity in Chicago Marathon

An intrepid six member team from Childbase Partnership battled a heat wave and 45,000 runners in the Chicago Marathon to cross the finishing line and help raise over £9,000 for charity.

Cheered on by children and parents at home, who were also ‘on the move’ and fund-raising, the nursery practitioners and Head Office staff described the experience as utterly amazing.

The team completed the marathon – in between four hours and just over six hours - despite an unseasonal heat wave when temperatures reached 83 degrees and fire hydrants were turned on along the route to cool the runners.

Ben Cassidy, Practitioner at Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Field House Day Nursery in Buckingham, completed the marathon, through 29 Chicago neighborhoods on a scenic tour of the city, in just four hours.

“The city of Chicago is just amazing and the crowds were incredible. Knowing that all the money raised is going to support a variety of amazing causes made it all so worthwhile,” he said thanking colleagues, parents and children at nursery for their support with fund-raising events like ‘the Great Field House Bake-off’ giving everybody the opportunity to try some American waffles and pancakes.

“This experience has also helped the children in my setting who have learnt about the importance of physical activity and how fundraising helps in the community and further afield,” he added.

Oli Baucutt, (26) a Team Leader at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Meadow View Day Nursery in Newport Pagnell, also completed the marathon in just four hours.

“It was the hardest, but most rewarding challenge I have ever taken part in. The atmosphere and team spirit was incredible. It truly was a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ experience,” he said thanking colleagues parents and children for their generous support.

Claire Heath, Manager of Grasshoppers Day Nursery in York Road, St. Albans – who completed the course despite a recent hip injury - described the experience as utterly amazing.

“The atmosphere was incredible with over a million people lining the route; cheering us on and waving home-made signs. My favourite was "I just want to let you know how proud of you I am, even though I don't know you". I managed to pick up my pace after reading that one,” she said also thanking colleagues, parents and children for their generous support.

Fund-raising events in support of the runners included running and walking challenges and a silent auction to boost funds raised for local charities like Macmillan, Naomi House, Daisy’s Dream, Emily’s Star and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The Chicago Marathon is one of the Childbase Partnership ‘Once in a Lifetime’ opportunities for employees who are also currently on trips to Australia and Iceland where they are studying and working. These opportunities are designed to inspire and challenge employees who return to their nurseries with new ideas.