Millers Dene Day Care Centre in Walkergate set itself a challenge of raising £500 from its annual ‘bounce-a-thon’ and football shirt swap. The target was totally smashed when it raised almost £2,500 for young cancer patients.
The money was raised through its annual ‘bounce-a-thon’ which is usually held to raise funds for the nursery, but this year it was decided to support CLIC Sargent because a young girl, Grace, who attends the nursery, has just finished treatment for a brain tumour and was and continues to be supported by CLIC Sargent.
In addition to the bounce-a-thon, two of the staff – Hollie Walker, centre manager and Sara Taylor, Grace’s key worker, decided to swap their beloved football teams' shirts for three afternoons at work.
Hollie is a massive Sunderland Football Club fan and Sara is a massive Newcastle fan but they decided to face their greatest fear by wearing opposing team’s football shirts.
The event was covered in the local paper so attracted donations from people not even known to the family, nursery or its staff.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Dee Tyler said: “I’m so impressed with what the day care centre have achieved.
“This is a huge contribution to CLIC Sargent and will make a real difference to the support we offer to families like Grace’s.
“I want to thank everyone involved.”