Childcare teams brave a cold night out to help the disabled

Childbase sleepout - Liandra Borg, Tegan Ennis and Jennifer Sherrock, practitioners at the Ofsted-rated Outstanding Woodlands Day Nursery in Milton Keynes.
Childbase sleepout - Liandra Borg, Tegan Ennis and Jennifer Sherrock, practitioners at the Ofsted-rated Outstanding Woodlands Day Nursery in Milton Keynes.

More than 100 childcare workers braved sub-zero temperatures and rain to ‘sleep rough’ and raise thousands to help disabled youngsters.

The teams from employee-owned Childbase Partnership have raised more than £12,300 so far for Children Today, a charity supporting young people with disabilities.

Childbase sleepout -  Jose Guilherme, Samuel M. Waters, Phillipa Owen, and Alex Cornell.

Childbase sleepout - Jose Guilherme, Samuel M. Waters, Phillipa Owen, and Alex Cornell.

Emerging from sleeping bags on flattened cardboard boxes outside the company’s Newport Pagnell headquarters, following one of the coldest nights of the year, the fundraisers from the company’s day nurseries said the challenge had also highlighted the plight of the homeless at this time of the year.

Oliver Baucutt, team leader at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Meadow View Day Nursery in Newport Pagnell, said everybody was determined to complete the challenge in aid of such a worthy cause.

He said: “We are surrounded by happy, healthy and confident children every day and were all really shocked to learn that young people who need specialised equipment to improve the quality of their lives are dependent on this charity. The equipment they need, like ventilation machines for cystic fibrosis sufferers, is not always provided by the NHS.”

Armed with sleeping bags, Children Today’s corporate fundraising co-ordinator, Tom Williams, and colleague Jessica Chiverton-Stanway, joined the nursery and head office teams praising them for adopting the charity for a year-long fundraising drive.

Childbase sleepout - Victoria Stone, Michelle Nokes, Tatjana Bacholdina, Anna Wilkins (Deputy Manager) and Sally Jackson from Ofsted-rated Outstanding Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard,

Childbase sleepout - Victoria Stone, Michelle Nokes, Tatjana Bacholdina, Anna Wilkins (Deputy Manager) and Sally Jackson from Ofsted-rated Outstanding Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard,

Mike Thompson, CEO of Childbase Partnership, Employee Owned Business of the Year and a UK National Champion in the European Business Awards, praised the fund-raisers at the start and end of the challenge.

He said: “My colleagues never fail to amaze me in how far they will go in pursuit of various challenges and their support for worthy causes. Over 100 people from every area of our company – directors, managers, practitioners and administrators – turned up for a sandwich, a cup of soup and a night sleeping on cardboard in our car park. The sacrifices made have resulted in £12,300 so far for Children Today and the total keeps rising. That is impressive.”

Childbase sleepout - Children Todays Corporate Fundraising Coordinator, Thomas Williams, and colleague Jessica Chiverton-Stanway who joined  the sleep out.

Childbase sleepout - Children Todays Corporate Fundraising Coordinator, Thomas Williams, and colleague Jessica Chiverton-Stanway who joined the sleep out.

Childbase sleepout - Oliver Baucutt, Team Leader and Alicia Lee, Practitioner, at the Ofsted-rated Outstanding Meadow View Day Nursery in Newport Pagnell.

Childbase sleepout - Oliver Baucutt, Team Leader and Alicia Lee, Practitioner, at the Ofsted-rated Outstanding Meadow View Day Nursery in Newport Pagnell.

Childbase sleepout

Childbase sleepout

Childbase sleepout -  Keeley Boakes, Ash Fitzgerald, Sophie Cumming and Lily Horton from Grasshoppers Day Nursery in Aylesbury.

Childbase sleepout - Keeley Boakes, Ash Fitzgerald, Sophie Cumming and Lily Horton from Grasshoppers Day Nursery in Aylesbury.