Colleagues from Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham were delighted to make a donation to a local charity, knowing it was a cause close to the hearts of one of their nursery families.
Quest RDA, also in Chobham, provides therapeutic horse riding for individuals with disabilities and special needs, and is attended by Isla, whose sister Hettie has been going to the day nursery on Pennypot Lane for the past four years. Isla has the rare disorder Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, which causes soft tissue to transform into bone.
Having been touched by Isla’s passion for life and her family’s fundraising efforts for the causes that have helped them, the Pennypot team made an application to the charity support fund at their company, Childbase Partnership, which was granted for £650.00 in order to donate to Quest RDA for a new fitted saddle for Isla’s favourite horse, Hollie, who she rides at the stables every Friday as part of her most beloved hobby.
Pennypot Day Nursery Charity Representative, Aprille Goubert explained;
“Isla is such a happy and inspiring little girl who doesn’t let anything stand in her way, and we have been absolutely thrilled to play a part in helping. We have loved learning all about the amazing work that Quest RDA do and visiting the stables, which is only a stone’s throw away from the nursery. Due to the nature of the conditions that the children and adults who go there have, it is vital that the saddles are specialised, so we are delighted that this donation will benefit not only Isla, but everyone who enjoys riding Hollie.”
“Isla raised £3,000 during the pandemic for a struggling charity who had helped her, and her future fundraising plans include a superhero triathlon, she really is incredible. Isla’s family have also been on This Morning on ITV to raise awareness of the condition, which effects only around 2,500 people worldwide. We are in awe of them and their positivity”, she added.
Quest RDA is a member group of the Riding for the Disabled Association and is based at Laris Farm in Chobham. Quest RDA offers riding and other equestrian activities to children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Quest is a registered charity and everyone involved with the group is a volunteer, there are no paid staff. To operate, the charity has to raise £50,000 annually through fundraising initiatives and donations.
The Childbase Partnership charity support fund is in place to help worthy causes outside of the company’s adopted charity of the year, The Trussell Trust, with all colleagues across the company able to apply for backing to benefit the causes that matter most to them.
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