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Westwood Day Nursery show generosity with Shoebox Appeal

After reaching out to kind-hearted families, children and colleagues from Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry were delighted to make a generous contribution of present-filled shoeboxes to help those in need as part of ‘Operation Christmas Child’.

From dolls and toy cars to school supplies and soap, each shoebox was lovingly packed with gifts and wrapped before being handed in to the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Business Park, where they will now be delivered around the world to bring festive joy to less fortunate children.

Started in 1990 by a Wrexham businessman, the campaign looks to provide hope to children in the toughest of circumstances, facing poverty, war and famine. Over the past 30 years, more than 178 million children in over 150 countries have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox during the holiday season.  

Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Carly Ward explained;

“We have been blown away by the kindness demonstrated at Westwood as part of this year’s giving back initiative. Everyone has been so generous, with some families donating more than one shoebox, or adding cards, letters and the children’s drawings to make the experience extra special for the recipient.”

“The children have been helping their parents to choose gifts to fill the shoeboxes with and have loved this involvement, as well as learning about where they will be sent to across the globe. Not only has this been a rewarding experience for everyone involved, but sets a brilliant example about the importance of helping others and the true spirit of Christmas”, she added.  

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Vital food bank donation at Greengables Day Nursery

Generous parents and practitioners from Greengables Day Nursery in Owlsmoor have made a donation of 165 essential food and household items to the Crowthorne Food Bank to help local people who need it most in the run up to winter.

Following a record-rise in demand for items at food banks across the country due to the pandemic and rising cost of living, families from the award-winning setting on Yeovil Road kindly made contributions of products such as cereal, pasta, tinned goods and toiletries in efforts to keep the charity well-stocked for the colder months.

Greengables Day Nursery Manager, Lyndsey Burns explained;

“We fully recognise the hardship that so many families are currently facing, which is why we try and make donations to the food bank every few months. Their services provide a crucial lifeline and our support is always gratefully received. We are very thankful to our kind-hearted nursery families for helping to make this possible.”

Latest studies by the Trussell Trust, who operate the Crowthorne Food Bank, found that the network distributed a total of 2.5 million emergency food parcels to people in crisis between 1st April 2020 and 31st March 2021, a 33% increase on the previous year, with 980,000 of these parcels going to children.

The Crowthorne Food Bank opened in 2012 and relies on the generosity of the public. The charity are currently appealing for long-life milk, lunchbox snacks, tinned custard, toiletries and Christmas items such as selection boxes.

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Maples Day Nursery Pumpkin Festival raises over £1,000 for charity

Families and colleagues from Maples Day Nursery in Winchester were delighted to attend the first ever Pumpkin Festival at the setting, all whilst raising funds for charity.

After picking their pumpkins from the patch, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hatherley Road were delighted to carve their own designs, before immersing themselves in the other seasonal activities on offer, including beastly biscuit decorating and crafting with pumpkin spiced playdough. 

To extend the festivities, families each received a special Halloween map which led them along a spooky trail, where they received sweets, glow sticks and more, before learning they had raised a grand total of £1,250.00 for Cancer Research UK. 

Maples Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Lou Rowe explained; 

“Our first Pumpkin Festival was a huge success and it was lovely to be able to catch up with our nursery families after so long. The children absolutely loved all the experiences on offer and we have been blown away by the generosity of families. We are now absolutely thrilled to be making this donation to such a worthy cause.”

The initiative is the most recent fundraising activity for Maples, who have also enjoyed dress up days, sponsored step challenges, virtual balloon races and more in their efforts to raise money for CRUK, who last year announced they had been forced to cut research funding by £45 million due to losses from the pandemic.

The nursery adopted Cancer Research UK in 2020 for a year-long fundraising drive, which has now been extended until the end of 2021.

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River View Day Nursery team take on ‘Pretty Muddy’ race for charity

From conquering climbing frames to crawling through ditches, colleagues from River View Day Nursery in Hertford showcased their determination as they took on the ‘Pretty Muddy’ Race for Life to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

After facing the 5k high-adrenaline course of obstacles at Welwyn Garden City’s Stanborough Park, the 17-strong team from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on North Road were delighted to learn they had raised a grand total of £1,740.10 for the worthy cause, with donations still incoming from their supporters.

River View Day Nursery Practitioner, Abi Parrot explained;

“Raising money for charity has always been hugely important to us as a team and we are so thrilled to be making this donation to Cancer Research UK. We had a brilliant time facing this challenge and the sense of team spirit really carried us through.”

The initiative is the most recent fundraising activity for River View, who have also enjoyed dress up days, sponsored step challenges, virtual balloon races and more in their efforts to raise money for CRUK, who last year announced they had been forced to cut research funding by £45 million due to losses from the pandemic.

The nursery adopted Cancer Research UK in 2020 for a year-long fundraising drive, which has now been extended until the end of 2021.

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Cedars Day Nursery - Leighton Buzzard

We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.

Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA

Tel:  01525 850200

Email: cedars.nursery@childbase.com