Caring children and staff love to raise money

Left to right: Katy Bradley (Consultant Oncologist), Pat Hylands, Elaine Burnett, Freddie Beeson (4yrs), Emmy-Grace Henning (3yrs), Vicky George, Debbie Davis (Associate Clinical Nurse Specialist)
Left to right: Katy Bradley (Consultant Oncologist), Pat Hylands, Elaine Burnett, Freddie Beeson (4yrs), Emmy-Grace Henning (3yrs), Vicky George, Debbie Davis (Associate Clinical Nurse Specialist)
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The Little Learners Day Care nursery is more than just a place where children go to be looked after.

The staff at the nursery in Clarke’s Road, Kingston, Portsmouth get everyone involved in helping out people who are less fortunate than them.

They devote time to people with life-threatening illnesses by organising several charity events all year round.

In October the nursery raised £2,100 by hosting an ‘Adults Night’ at the Moneyfields Sport & Social Club in Moneyfield Avenue, Copnor.

The evening was full of action-packed fun and included a masquerade girl group, live singers, a raffle and an auction with a cruise holiday as a prize.

Nursery manager Vicky George says she was proud of how the evening went.

‘The evening was a great success, and everyone had a wonderful time.

‘We decided to split the money between two charities that we wanted to support.’

A total of £2,000 of the money raised was donated to Head and Neck Cancer Services at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, while the rest was given to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The nursery regularly raises money through cake sales and days where children have fun wearing fancy dress.

One of the reasons why money was given to the QA was because the uncle of Elaine Burnett, owner of the nursery, was treated for cancer there.

Vicky says: ‘The team treating Elaine’s uncle were so helpful and supportive that we wanted to do as much as we could for them and their treatment centre.’

This year the nursery plans to get involved with Blue Day, which raises money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Vicky explains: ‘The kids all know about Pompey football club and Tom Prince and his legacy, so they always get really excited when we hold a fundraising event for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

‘We like to give something back to the community and support as many charities as we can.’

The nursery held a Smurf-themed Blue Day which saw all the children turn up dressed as the characters.

There are also plans to raise money for people suffering with MS because another member of Elaine’s family suffers with the condition.

‘We’re not sure how or when we will do our MS charity event yet, but we are considering holding another adult event as the last one went so well,’ Vicky says.