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Pennypot Day Nursery make extraordinary contribution to Bliss charity

Pennypot Aprille Goubert

The dedicated team at Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham picked up a special award for their outstanding contribution to a £181,761 cheque to get parents of babies born premature and sick the extra support they need in UK neonatal units.

Charity representatives from each of the employee-owned company’s 44-day nurseries were praised but it was Aprille Goubert, who took the spotlight after she and colleagues at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Pennypot Lane raised nearly £12,000 in the year-long fund-raising and awareness drive for Bliss, who are committed to giving every baby the best chance of survival and quality of life.

Fundraising at the nursery included a night ‘sleeping rough’, a charity auction, pumpkin carving, bake sales and scaling Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park when Aprille and Pennypot Manager Carol McDonough and the team completed the climb in 1.5 hours.

“I am enormously proud of the team for their commitment to this charity and to the Pennypot families for their wonderful, generous support of our fund-raising events. Together we aim to make a real difference when it comes to supporting worthy causes and this one is very close to all our hearts”, said Carol McDonough.

Top of the priority spending list for the cash raised will be putting Bliss ‘Champions’ back where they are needed in neonatal units after the pandemic reduced their number from 70 to just 20.

The Champions are volunteers who provide support and information to parents throughout their neonatal journey. The charity also funds research, campaigns for parents and supports health professionals working in neonatal units.

Pictured L-R: Aprille Goubert of Pennypot Day Nursery receiving the ‘Outstanding Contribution to 2022 Fundraising’ trophy from Michelle Lockhart, Childbase Partnership Regional Director at the cheque presentation to Bliss. 

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Childbase Partnership hands over £181,761 to Bliss charity

Childbase Partnership Bliss Cheque

Childbase Partnership teams and families in 44-day nurseries have raised a staggering £181,761 for the charity Bliss to get parents of babies born premature and sick the extra support they need in UK neonatal units.

“You are extraordinary” was the reaction from Bliss, the leading UK Charity committed to giving every baby born prematurely or sick the best chance of survival and quality of life, at a presentation ceremony at the employee-owned company’s headquarters.

The cash follows climbing challenges, sponsored walks and endless bake sales in all nurseries after over 2,000 plus employee owners adopted the charity for a year-long fund-raising and awareness drive.

“It is impossible to overstate what you have achieved and the difference this money will make to the  one in every 7 babies admitted to neonatal units in the UK each year. By matching your fundraising efforts with an awareness drive you have raised the profile of the charity and the work we do ensuring the benefits continue in the future,” said Bliss Partnership Manager Owain Rees.

Top of the priority spending list for the cash raised will be putting Bliss ‘Champions’ back where they are needed in neonatal units after the pandemic reduced their number from 70 to just 20.

“Our Champion volunteers are there for parents with support and information at the most critical moment in their lives and they are there throughout the neonatal journey. It is a vital part of our work in research, campaigning and supporting health professionals working in neonatal units,” said Witney Sutherland, Bliss Partnership Officer.

Childbase Partnership Chairman and Founder, Mike Thompson, described the fundraising effort as phenomenal and a proud moment for the company before thanking colleagues and nursery parents for their commitment and generosity.

The company has adopted The Trussell Trust, a UK charity supporting a network of over 1,300 Food Bank centres providing  emergency food and support for those in crisis, for a fundraising and awareness drive in 2023.

Pennypot Aprille Goubert

Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham, Surrey was awarded the company’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to 2022 Fundraising’ after contributing £11,767 to the final total.

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Sandfield Day Nursery score with final fundraiser for Bliss

Sandfield Chelsea shirt auction

Generous football fans and families from Sandfield Day Nursery in Headington helped to raise a grand total of £600 as part of the setting’s final fundraiser for charity ‘Bliss’.

Following a year of fundraising for the worthy cause, which supports babies born premature or sick, the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Sandfield Road were delighted to auction off a special Chelsea FC shirt for the charity, signed by the 2022/23 team of players and kindly donated by a nursery parent who works for the football club as an executive.

The highest bidder paid £600.00 for the rare piece of memorabilia, which was added to the £160,000 plus total raised by Childbase Partnership nurseries for Bliss throughout 2022. For Sandfield, fundraising initiatives have included colleagues spending the night ‘sleeping rough’ underneath the stars and a climb up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

Sandfield Day Nursery Business Administrator, Becci Worth explained;

“We have had a fantastic year of fundraising for Bliss with the support of our incredible nursery families. We are so delighted to be ending the year with this final contribution to help give more babies the best possible start in life.”  

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Festive fundraising at West Cambridge Day Nursery

West Cambridge Movember

Kind-hearted colleagues from West Cambridge Day Nursery have been taking part in a series of fundraising initiatives to raise money for charity ‘Bliss’ in the run up to Christmas.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Charles Babbage Road, colleagues Sam Waters, Tom Jakes, Charles Nnochiri and Charlie Parkin took on their own Movember challenge, growing their moustaches without shaving throughout the month of November, raising a grand total of £100 which will go towards helping babies born premature or sick.

Meanwhile, a special Christmas Raffle was organised by Business Administrator, Amanda Derouich, raising a total of £300 for the worthy cause and giving nursery families the chance to win prizes including Christmas gift bundles, prosecco, Hotel Chocolat items and more.

Across the setting, delighted children have also been enjoying an array of festive activities and celebrations, including crafting activities, Christmas lunches and parties in their rooms.

As a result of their fundraising efforts throughout the year, which have included colleagues spending a night ‘sleeping rough’ under the stars, a ‘Very Royal’ Jubilee Tea Party, dress up days and more, the nursery has helped contribute to the £120,000 raised so far by Childbase Partnership settings for Bliss, with several weeks of fundraising yet to go.

West Cambridge Day Nursery Charity Representative, Jade Joslin explained;

“Our colleagues are brilliant at thinking of ways to raise funds for the incredible causes we support and we are so lucky to have the backing of our amazing nursery families. We are so delighted to be donating £400 and counting just before Christmas to this incredible charity.”

West Cambridge Day Nursery have adopted Bliss for a year-long fundraising drive

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Brinds Well Day Nursery Christmas Fayre raises over £1,000 for charity

Brinds Well Christmas Fayre

Festivities were well underway at Brinds Well Day Nursery in Chelsfield as families gathered at the setting for a fun-filled Christmas Fayre, all whilst raising money for charity ‘Bliss’.

From an Elf Workshop where children could pen their letters to Santa, to a Polar Express themed room complete with hot chocolate and festive games, pre-schoolers and parents were immersed in all the occasion had to offer, raising a grand total of £1,024.00 for Bliss, which will now go towards helping babies born premature or sick and their families.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hawstead Lane, children were also delighted to visit Santa’s Grotto and pick up reindeer food for Christmas Eve, before having their faces painted and enjoying a meeting with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, whilst parents took part in a gift and bottle raffle, with delicious food served by Whitegate Farm Butchers.

As a result of their fundraising efforts throughout the year, which have included colleagues taking part in the Virtual London Marathon and spending a night ‘sleeping rough’ under the stars, the nursery has helped contribute to the £120,000 raised so far by Childbase Partnership settings for Bliss, with a month of fundraising yet to go.

Brinds Well Day Nursery Manager, Vanessa Lawrence explained;

“Bliss is such a worthy cause and one close to the hearts of many across our nursery. We had a magical time at our Christmas Fayre and are delighted to be making this donation despite so much hardship this year. Our families are so generous with their support and constantly set an amazing example to the children about the importance of helping others.”

Brinds Well Day Nursery have adopted Bliss for a year-long fundraising drive.

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Knowle Green Day Nursery Christmas Fayre raises £1,800 for charity

Knowle Green Christmas Fayre

Festivities were well underway at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as families gathered at the setting for a fun-filled Christmas Fayre, all whilst raising money for charity ‘Bliss’.

From a live nativity, complete with real animals including a donkey, goats and sheep, to a stunning performance by the Salvation Army Choir and brass band, children and parents were immersed in all the occasion had to offer, raising a grand total of £1,800 for Bliss, which will now go towards helping babies born premature or sick and their families.

At the award-winning setting on Knowle Green, children were also delighted to showcase their creativity at a gingerbread decorating station, as well as enjoying a visit to Santa’s grotto, whilst parents took part in a hamper raffle, festive games and a browse of the Christmas market, filled with gift inspiration, including reindeer food for Christmas Eve.

As a result of their fundraising efforts throughout the year, which have included colleagues spending a night ‘sleeping rough’ under the stars, a ‘Sparklers and S’mores’ Bonfire Night event, pumpkin carving and more, the nursery have helped contribute to the £120,000 raised so far by Childbase Partnership settings for Bliss, with a month of fundraising yet to go.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Quality Manager, Hayley Blissett explained;

“We had a magical time at our Christmas Fayre and this was a fabulous opportunity to catch up with our nursery families and get into the festive spirit. The feedback we have had from parents has made us very proud and we are so grateful for their continued support. We’ve had a brilliant year of fundraising and can’t wait to make this donation to give more babies the best chance in life.”

Knowle Green Day Nursery have adopted Bliss for a year-long fundraising drive.

 

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Hampstead Gate Day Nursery make advent calendar donation

Thoughtful parents and practitioners from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes have made a donation of advent calendars to ensure no child goes without this Christmas.

After appealing to families at the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue, colleagues were delighted to hand over a grand total of 142 advent calendars to the Milton Keynes Food Bank, who will now distribute them to families in the community who need them most.

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Ashleigh Smith explained;

“This can be a magical time of the year but also one of real financial hardship for many, especially in the current climate. Something as simple as an advent calendar is often taken for granted but is incredibly special for a child in the lead up to Christmas. We are so grateful to our amazing nursery families for helping us to make this donation possible.”

Milton Keynes Food Bank looks to provide emergency support to those in crisis and relies solely on the donations of the public and help of volunteers. The charity is currently appealing for tinned items, cereal, toilet roll, long-life milk and Christmas food items.

Hampstead Gate advent calendar donation

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Nature Trails Day Nursery families mark World Prematurity Day

Nature Trails World Prematurity Day

Families from Nature Trails Day Nursery in Cawston have been showing their support for the 90,000 babies cared for in UK neonatal units each year with a special awareness day.

Having adopted ‘Bliss’ the charity for babies born premature or sick for a 12-month fundraising drive at the start of the year, colleagues from the award-winning setting on Coventry Road were delighted to hold a purple dress up day to support the cause, complete with themed activities for the children including purple sensory play and playdough making.

As a result of their fundraising efforts throughout the year, which have included colleagues spending a night ‘sleeping rough’ under the stars, taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, family fun days and more, the nursery have helped contribute to the £120,000 raised so far by Childbase Partnership settings, with a month of fundraising yet to go.

Bliss is close to the hearts of many families at Nature Trails, including that of Nursery Practitioner, Hannah Richardson and her partner, Nursery Caretaker, Connor Taggart, who proudly wore their purple Bliss t-shirts, having been supported by the charity after their son Lucas was born at just 32 weeks. He is now thriving in the setting’s Caterpillar Room.  

Nature Trails parent, Hannah Copeland, had also never heard of Bliss before the birth of her son Jacob, but the charity became instrumental in the family’s journey after he was born at just 25 weeks, weighing only 885g.

Hannah explained;

“Before you experience NICU as a parent or carer it’s a completely unknown world, and you face it at the most overwhelming, emotional and stressful time of your life, hope and terror are mingled together. Having Bliss there to help prepare and explain was so helpful and made a huge difference to our understanding and experience.”

Whilst in hospital, Bliss was the family’s go-to trusted resource for information on conditions, treatment options and machinery, as well as being the steering group that supported family-centred care within the NICU, campaigning for tiny clothes to fit premature babies and funding research to reduce their pain as they are unable to demonstrate or communicate this.

“Jacob is doing really well now, he has the most incredible imagination; constantly telling stories, making up songs and re-enacting his favourite books, he loves the outdoors and generally can be found with a stick in his hand. Back inside he loves helping in the kitchen and is a keen baker. He has been going to Nature Trails Day Nursery since he was 12 months, actual 9 months corrected, their care and support has been amazing”, she added.

Fran Baldwin of Childbase Partnership’s Charity Department said;

“World Prematurity Day provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families. We are so proud of our incredible nursery colleagues who work tirelessly to plan and execute these fundraising initiatives, as well as our wonderfully generous nursery families who are unfailing with their support for this amazing charity. We are hugely proud to be supporting Bliss this year, and these donations will ensure more families get the care and compassion they deserve.”

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Nursery on the Green families take part in Bliss Little Lights Walk

Families from Nursery on the Green in Redbourn showed their support for the 90,000 babies cared for in UK neonatal units each year by taking part in the Bliss Little Lights Walk.

A fundraiser organised annually by Bliss, the leading charity for babies born premature or sick, the event saw parents, children and colleagues join together to complete a walk around the garden and grounds of the award-winning setting on South Common, armed with candles, lanterns and torches to ‘light the way’ for all the babies and families affected.

Nursery on the Green have spent the past year supporting Bliss after adopting the charity for a 12-month fundraising drive. As a result of their efforts, which have included colleagues spending a night ‘sleeping rough’ under the stars, taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, family fun days and more, the nursery have helped contribute to the £120,000 raised so far by Childbase Partnership settings, with a month of fundraising yet to go.

Nursery on the Green Charity Representative, Sharna Smith explained;

“Bliss is a cause close to the hearts of many at Nursery on the Green and we are delighted to be supporting them this year. Our nursery families are incredible at getting behind these worthy causes and set an amazing example of kindness to the children with their generosity. The Little Lights Walk was a really special evening and we can’t wait to make this donation.”

Little Light Walk at Nursery on the Green

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Childbase Partnership mark World Prematurity Day

Childbase mark World Prematurity Day

As their year-long fundraising drive for Bliss, the leading charity for babies born premature or sick draws to an end, colleagues across Childbase Partnership marked World Prematurity Day with a series of important awareness initiatives to support the worthy cause.

Throughout November, teams across the 43 nursery settings and Head Office have taken inspiration from the Bliss ‘Little Lights Walk’, completing walks around their individual nursery gardens and grounds with the children, armed with candles, lanterns or torches to ‘light the way’ for the 100,000 babies that are cared for in neonatal units every year in the UK.

As a result of the year of fundraising, Childbase Partnership have so far raised over £120,000 and counting for Bliss, with fundraising activities including a company-wide sleep out under the stars, team Snowdon climbs, marathons, sponsored silences, bake sales, charity auctions, dress up days and more, with a series of Christmas fundraisers still to go. 

The money raised by Childbase Partnership families and colleagues will now go towards funding life-changing research and ensuring all babies in neonatal care have the best chance of survival, as well as supporting families and healthcare professionals.

The cause is close to the hearts of many across Childbase, including nursery parent Hannah Copeland, whose son Jacob attends Nature Trails Day Nursery in Rugby and was born prematurely at just 25 weeks, weighing only 885g. Having never heard of Bliss before Jacob’s birth, the charity became instrumental in the family’s journey.

Hannah explained;

“Before you experience NICU as a parent or carer it’s a completely unknown world, and you face it at the most overwhelming, emotional and stressful time of your life, hope and terror are mingled together. Having Bliss there to help prepare and explain was so helpful and made a huge difference to our understanding and experience.”

Whilst in hospital, Bliss was the family’s go-to trusted resource for information on conditions, treatment options and machinery, as well as being the steering group that supported family-centred care within the NICU, campaigning for tiny clothes to fit premature babies and funding research to reduce their pain as they are unable to demonstrate or communicate this.

“Jacob is doing really well now, he has the most incredible imagination; constantly telling stories, making up songs and re-enacting his favourite books, he loves the outdoors and generally can be found with a stick in his hand. Back inside he loves helping in the kitchen and is a keen baker. He has been going to Nature Trails Day Nursery since he was 12 months, actual 9 months corrected, their care and support has been amazing”, she added.

Fran Baldwin of Childbase Partnership’s Charity Department said;

“World Prematurity Day provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families. We are so proud of our incredible nursery colleagues who work tirelessly to plan and execute these fundraising initiatives, as well as our wonderfully generous nursery families who are unfailing with their support for this amazing charity. We are hugely proud to be supporting Bliss this year, and these donations will ensure more families get the care and compassion they deserve.”

World Prematurity Day took place on Thursday 17th November 2022.

Read Hannah and her son Jacob's full story here: https://childbasepartnership.com/charity/

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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