Festive Fun and fund-raising for seriously ill children
Winchester pre-schoolers have raised over £400 to help keep a children’s helicopter ambulance in the air following a Christmas Fayre at Maples Day Nursery.
Elsa of ‘Frozen’ fame performed for the children at the day nursery in Hatherley Road where staff, parents and grandparents pulled out all the stops to fill a variety of stalls and stage attractions to boost funds raised for the charity.
Tom Bowyer, nearly two years of age who attends the nursery, won the giant Teddy Bear by correctly guessing his name was Geffin.
Attractions also included face painting, Christmas card and decoration crafting, ‘Guess the weight of the a Christmas cake’ - made by Maples Baby Room Leader, Abbey Harris - and fabric notice boards and pin cushions made by Linda Tibbitts, grandmother to four-year-old Sebastian and two-year-old Angharad.
Maples Day Nursery Manager Rebecca Pickles described the cash raised for the charity as “amazing” and thanked parents, staff and all the children at the nursery for all their hard work and generosity.
The cash raised will go to the Children’s Air Ambulance, the only UK dedicated service flying critically ill children and babies by helicopter to the specialist and life-saving care they need. Maples have adopted the charity for a year of fund-raising.
“This charity is particularly important to us as we are surrounded by healthy, happy, and confident children every day. It is impossible for us to imagine their lives being put at risk because there is only one children’s air ambulance serving the entire country, which is entirely dependent on charitable donations,” said Rebecca Pickles.