Nursery plays its part in hospital’s bike boost

Mike Thompson enjoying a pit-stop at Cedars Day Nursery
Mike Thompson enjoying a pit-stop at Cedars Day Nursery
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Cyclists on a 767-mile charity ride made a pit-stop at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard to cheer on pre-schoolers who have been on the move in a month-long fund-raising drive supporting the marathon.

While the team – colleagues of staff at the day nursery in Mentmore Road – have been completing up to 75 miles a day on English roads, children held their own sponsored trike and scooter laps of the garden to boost funds raised for a £50,000 children’s outside play area at a major hospital.

Parents and staff also did their bit on a static exercise bike at the nursery, with manager Michelle Nokes taking it a stage further by joining the team for a 12-mile leg of the epic journey.

Michelle explained the month-long themed activities at nursery – with children also crafting, painting and learning about bike safety – were providing fun for everybody involved but were particularly important for her team.

“We are surrounded by happy, healthy and confident children every day at nursery and can see how important an imaginative outdoor play area is to their development.

“It is even more important for children undergoing traumatic treatments in hospital and their families supporting them on site.”

Her efforts were rewarded with a celebration at the journey’s end when she was met by Olivia Burrows, 24, the first baby she looked after as a young practitioner when she joined Childbase Partnership at their Milton Keynes day nursery.

Sponsored sporting activities at the nursery will raise money for a children’s play area at the new Princess Eugenie House in the grounds of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Cyclists on the ‘M&M Challenge’ (Miles House Day Nursery in Bath to Meadow View Day Nursery in Buckinghamshire) have visited each of the 47 employee-owned Childbase Partnership day nurseries, as part of 25th birthday celebrations for the company.

Childbase Partnership CEO and founder, Mike Thompson, and Operations Director, Lynda Gostelow, who began her career with the company as a practitioner 25 years ago, led the other four permanent cyclists.

Colleagues joined them for regional sections of the marathon and each nursery visited hosted their own sponsored events to boost fundraising for the charity.

Donate to the appeal via www.justgiving.com/Michael-Thompson17