A VILLAGE nursery has raised lots of cash for charity after hosting a community event. A Summer Fair was held at the Children 1st @ Acorns Upper Tean recently to celebrate the company's 30th birthday. All proceeds from the celebration have been donated to Aching Arms as part of the company’s pledge to support 30 good causes throughout its anniversary year.
Children, staff and parents at Acorns Upper Tean are pleased to have raised a total of £2,308 at their Summer Fair to support the work of the charity which aims to bring comfort to bereaved parents after pregnancy and baby loss.
The event was attended by several hundred people from the local area, including pupils past and present.
In addition to supporting Aching Arms, the Summer Fair was organised to celebrate Children 1st Day Nurseries’ 30th anniversary. With the “best interests of children and their families at the heart” as its ethos, the company, which has four nurseries in Staffordshire, decided to mark this significant milestone with a year-long programme of activity to raise funds for a range of children’s clubs, charities, groups and local initiatives. The company has pledged to match fund all proceeds raised by its 24 nurseries as part of this.
The Tean nursery event raised £1,154 on the day and this has been match funded by the company to bring the overall total to £2,308.
The nursery chose Aching Arms following discussions with nursery parent, Melissa Astolfz, who acts as an ambassador and fundraiser for the charity.
Founded in 2013 by a group of mothers who have experienced the pain and emptiness of leaving hospital without their baby, Aching Arms provides comfort bears to hospitals for midwives to give to newly bereaved mothers and fathers.
Since 2013 5,000 bears have been given out to the 100 hospitals who participate in the scheme. The bears symbolise an offer of friendship and support.
Dawn McCusker manager of Children 1st @ Acorns Upper Tean said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our 30th Birthday Summer Fair.
“We are delighted to be able to make this donation to Aching Arms.
“The money raised will help the important work undertaken by this charity which relies totally on donations to offer comfort to bereaved parents.
“Special thanks go to Melissa who as well as attending the event with an information stall, also arranged a raffle donation from Eddie Stobart of various items of motor sport memorabilia including signed Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen caps.
“The money raised in raffling these items made a significant contribution to the total amount.”
Children 1st Day Nurseries plans further fundraising activity throughout its 30th anniversary year across its 24 settings within the Midlands and South Yorkshire.
Since the company was formed in 1988 by Margaret Mason OBE and her family, it has grown to be one of the UK’s leading, family owned, childcare providers, with 83 per cent of its settings rated as ‘Outstanding in All Areas’ by Ofsted. The company now cares for 3,621 children and employs over 600 people.
Founder and Chief Executive Margaret said: “To celebrate our anniversary we wanted to involve all our settings and their local communities who have shown great support over the last 30 years.
“It’s our nursery teams, parents and carers, many of whom have been with us since we started, along with the local community, that have helped to make Children 1st the successful company it is today.
“We felt it was important to use this wonderful milestone to help children and their families who are facing difficult times and to do this throughout the year, so we have maximum impact.
“I am therefore delighted to support local and national good causes with a range of events at our nurseries.”
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