Youngsters raise £15k for Help for Heroes

PUBLISHED: 11:43 07 May 2012

Staff and children from Busy Bees nursery who collected money for Help for Heroes

Staff and children from Busy Bees nursery who collected money for Help for Heroes


BALLOONS were released into the air as a group of nurseries handed over £15,000 to soldiers' charity Help For Heroes.

The cash was raised by 22 Busy Bees nurseries based in the east and south-east region.

And the centre at Mardley Hill, Welwyn, had the honour of being chosen as the destination for the handover, having raised the highest individual amount – £2,100.

After the cheque was presented to Help For Heroes corporate account manager Sophie Parry – daughter of the charity’s founders, Bryn and Emma Parry – children were each given a balloon which they released into the sky.

That signified the nursery’s fundraising coming full circle, as it had launched its year-long drive with a balloon release.

Senior base room manager Amanda Zienkowicz said: “We had a great fun year fundraising for a charity that is close to all of our hearts.

“As well as the balloon release we held open days with face-painting and fire engines on site and our staff really got stuck in with carrier-bag packing days and sponsored walks.

“Our fabulous parents also got behind the cause and attended a charity race night, which was great fun.”

In attendance at the handover of the giant cheque – which had been specially made by the youngsters – were managers from the 22 Busy Bees nurseries, who watched a moving presentation from Sophie which demonstrated how their money would be spent.

Sophie said: “My parents just wanted to do their bit and raise money for wounded servicemen and women.

“Today, thanks to so many thousands of people and companies such as Busy Bees, we’ve now raised over £128 million.”

Amanda added: “It’s been great to see Sophie today and understand a little more about what’s involved and where our funds will be going – we’re already thinking of new ways to keep up our support!”

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