Day nurseries raise thousands for charity helping families

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More than £8,000 in just under a year has been raised for Home-Start UK by the Walnut Tree and Caldecotte Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries.

Home-Start UK is the national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children, and the partnership with Kiddi Caru started last November with the nurseries supporting the charity’s Snowflake Appeal.

It continued throughout the year with family fun days and the epic Snowdonia Charity Challenge that alone raised £6,000.

Home-Start UK has been able to use these funds to train four new volunteers to support vulnerable families and fragile children across the UK. The volunteers work alongside parents in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, time and strength they need to nurture their children.

The difference they can make to a family really is life changing as highlighted here by Beth, a mum supported by Home-Start, whose experience is as follows:

Beth was diagnosed with post-natal depression after her son, Alexander, was born. Although Beth’s family were supportive, they lived far away and, as her husband worked, she often felt that she struggled to cope with her son on her own. Beth found out about Home-Start from her health visitor and gave us a call. She was matched with her volunteer, Dorothy. Beth said: “Home-Start helped me through one of the toughest times in my life and I can’t imagine how it would have been without them. They gave me support, encouragement and reassurance and helped me to learn to laugh and enjoy myself and my family again. I hope that when my son is older I will be able to become a volunteer myself so that I can help others through their time of need.”

Kiddi Caru is to continue to support Home-Start UK throughout the next year, kicking off its next fund-raising activities with its Winter Wonderland Grottos.

In addition to once again supporting the Snowflake appeal, nurseries will also be staging a number of activities including snowflake themed craft activities such as baking snowflake cakes and biscuits and having snowflake fancy dress parties to raise money for and awareness about the appeal.

Louise Higgins, Senior Nursery Manager at Kiddi Caru, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to support Home-Start UK this year. None of us can know what the future holds and life can throw up many very difficult challenges so it is important that there is a support structure that can help families to cope during these times.

“We are very excited to be supporting Home-Start UK throughout the next year and have some great ideas about what we can do to raise funds.”

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