When a nursery discovered that the father of two children they cared for had passed away, they decided to do something special in his memory.
So staff at Growing Places Childcare, in Tewkesbury Avenue, Fareham, called on a team of more than 50 youngsters and their families to embark on a sponsored walk.
They wanted to help after Ross Pearman, father of Xavier, one, and Pheonix, five, died of a brain tumour in February this year.
He was a former writer and journalist. The army of walkers clocked up four miles as they made their way from Hill Head beach back to the nursery.
Their efforts saw them raise more than £1,600 towards Brain Tumour Research - well above the nursery’s target of £500. And more sponsorship is on the way, which could see the total rise to £3,000.
The charity aims to raise funds and awareness of the disease, which kills more people under 40 than any other cancer.
Nursery practioners David Smith and Karen Tipton organised the event, which took place on Saturday.
They began arranging things in March after meeting the children’s mother Amanda Pearman. David, 23, of Abbey Road, Fareham, says: ‘When we met Amanda we realised what a strong, inspirational woman she was.
‘She had been through so much, what with caring for her husband and having to bring up two young boys.
‘Karen and I knew right there and then that we needed to help in any possible way we could.
‘We initially thought about doing something involving adults but then we decided it would be good to do something family-friendly and get everyone involved.
‘The day itself was amazing.
‘Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we never expected such a big turn-out.’
The nursery, which is a registered charity, cared for Amanda’s two children around the time that Ross was allowed to spend his final days at home.
Amanda, 36, who lives in Verne Close, Whiteley, says: ‘Words cannot describe how grateful I am for all the nursery’s support.
‘They took my children in when Ross came home, which was an amazing help.
‘I needed to look after him but at the same time I wanted my children to enjoy doing the things they should be doing at their age, like running around and playing with other kids.The staff at the nursery are an amazing bunch of people.
‘The work they do for others is incredible.’ For more information about the condition visit braintumourtrust.co.uk