First steps to help charity

Toddlers and staff at First Steps Nursery have put their best foot forward as part of a national campaign to help raise vital funds for stroke survivors.

More than 30 children from First Steps Nursery, based at Stoke on Trent College’s Cauldon Campus, took part in Step out for Stroke, a sponsored walk to raise money for the Stoke Association.

Taking place at Hanley Park on Thursday, May 21st, they walked around the lake, as well as took part in other activities on the day that included face-painting.

Step out for Stroke is a series of fun sponsored walks for the whole family. Most Step out for Stroke walks are about a mile long and designed so that everyone can Step out for Stroke, regardless of age or ability.

Sarah Wilshaw, Nursery Manager at First Steps Nursery, said: “We like to choose a different charity to support each year and this year we chose the Stroke Association as one of our staff members lost her dad to a stroke earlier in the year, so the cause holds a special place in her heart.

“One of our parents, whose daughter attends the nursery, told us about the event and we jumped at the chance to get the nursery involved.

“As a nursery we feel it is very important to contribute to our local community and give back to charities that do such great work. It helps us teach and encourage children to learn about different cultures and experiences, as well as instilling good values.

“Fundraising also gives the children a great sense of achievement.”

Staff and children at First Steps Nursery, graded Outstanding by Ofsted, have raised hundreds of pounds for various charities thanks to their ongoing efforts and events. Their recent endeavours have included coffee mornings and baking for the Douglas Macmillan, creating much needed food parcels for local food banks, the donation of toys and baby essentials to Dove Road Crèche in South Africa as part of Stoke on Trent College’s Challenge South Africa programme, support for Breast Cancer Awareness, the creation of decorated jeans to raise money for Genes for Jeans day, and sponsored dances, crawls and fancy dress for Red Nose Day.

Sophie James from the Stroke Association, added: “Step out for Stroke is a fun walk that everyone can be part of, no matter what your age or fitness level. Every step makes a huge difference. We rely on people like those at Stoke on Trent nursery to help us change lives.

“The money raised will go to help prevent strokes and reduce their effect through campaigning, education and research, and also to help support the 120,000 people adjusting to a life after stroke in the West Midlands.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Stroke Association should visit www.stroke.org.uk.

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