Children 1st @ Plumtree Nursery has raised a little over £1,400 at their summer fair for ‘Harry’s Giant Pledge’, an initiative set up for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, whilst also celebrating their 30th birthday.

Unfortunately, cancer will have an impact on most families and their loved ones at some point throughout their lives, a reason this particular charity was chosen.

For the nursery themselves, this cause is very close to home, with the son of one of their directors, Harry, passing away aged five from a rare bone cancer.

This unfortunate loss gave rise to Harry’s Giant Pledge, with his family aiming to raise £350,000 to support the Royal Marsden Hospital, a world-leading cancer centre.

Children 1st @ Plumtree decided that Harry’s Giant Pledge in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity would benefit from the proceeds of the summer fair, along with contributions from the directors and staff at the company’s head office in Long Eaton.

The setting raised £717.79 at their summer fair and the company matched this, bringing the total sum to 1,435.58.

Louise Bucknall, manager of Children 1st @ Plumtree, said to Business East Midlands: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our 30th birthday summer fair. We are pleased to be able to make this donation to this cancer charity, which pioneers the very latest in cancer treatments and technologies and provides specialist care for people of all ages. Harry’s story and his positive spirit have touched us all, and our contribution to Harry’s Giant Pledge will bring the family a little closer to reaching their ambitious target for the benefit of the Royal Marsden.”

The setting is planning further fundraisers throughout its 30th anniversary year, with all funds being donated to Harry’s Giant Pledge. These include a sponsored walk on 14th September, a month which also happens to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Margaret Mason, Children 1st Founder and Chief Executive, commented saying: “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.”

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month takes place each September. Find out more at: https://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/childhood-cancer-awareness/

Original story by East Midlands Business Link


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