Children and staff at Busy Bees, which is based at St Matthews, in Burntwood, were recently joined by the Executive Founder of Meningitis Now, Steve Dayman and Chairman of Burntwood, Pamela Stokes as part a year-long fundraising drive for the charity Meningitis Now.
Busy Bees nurseries across the UK have used National Park Week to walk a combined distance of 24,901 miles, the entire circumference of the earth in order to raise money for Meningitis Now. The money that is raised during National Parks Week, and throughout the year, will go towards groundbreaking research projects, family support services and community awareness campaigns.
Chairman of Burntwood, Pamela Stokes, said: “Today has been truly wonderful. This is a gorgeous nursery and the garden looks beautiful, such a lovely environment for the children. We all had so much fun, counting our steps around the garden with Marg leading the way in the guise of various animals from around the world – we were penguins, snapping crocodiles, bunnies.
“What a lovely way to spend a morning – and they also were raising money and awareness for such a worthy cause in the process. It was really interesting to meet Steve and listen to his own story and how, after losing his son, he set about raising awareness 30 years ago so he could help other families – he and his team have achieved extraordinary things along the way. Well done Meningitis Now and well done Busy Bees!
Meningitis Now has been working to fight the disease for 30 years.
Steve Dayman, Executive Founder of Meningitis Now, said; “I’ve had such a fabulous morning with the children and staff. It’s lovely to see the fun they’re having whilst raising money for our charity. We’re delighted that Busy Bees has chosen to support us this year and we look forward to continuing to work with them to help raise vital awareness with parents and staff about how to spot the signs and symptoms of meningitis.
“Every penny Busy Bees raise will help us fight this devastating disease on all fronts, from funding pioneering preventative research, raising awareness and supporting people affected. Support like this makes a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”