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Northampton childcare team hikes in heatwave for charity

An eight hour hike in a heatwave by seven members of Nene Valley Day Nursery in Northampton has raised around £700 so far for charity.

Nursing blistered feet and aching limbs the team from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery on the Cliftonville General Hospital site, received a rapturous welcome at the Newport Pagnell finishing line.

Praising the team for their determination to complete the challenge, Samantha Robertson, Nene Valley Day Nursery Deputy to Area Manager, said:

“We are all enormously proud of them. Completing 18 miles across countryside footpaths, bridle ways and dusty main roads was no mean feat without the extreme temperatures. They were even smiling as they finished.”

Staying hydrated and making each other laugh when the going got really tough were team members, Tracy Smith (Manager) Donna Waterfield (Third in charge), Helen Warwick (Team Leader), Kirsty Golding (Room Leader), and practitioners, Louise Hall, Ryan Meakins, and Bethany James.

“Despite small practice walks in the weeks running up to the event, sore, swollen feet meant none could wear shoes afterwards which didn’t seem to matter to them as they beat their target of £500 for the challenge,” said Samantha, thanking parents and colleagues for their generous support.

The cash raised goes to the Alzheimer’s Society, which has been adopted by Nene Valley Day Nursery, part of the award-winning, employee-owned, Newport Pagnell-based Childbase Partnership, for a year-long fund-raising drive.