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Nursery’s gift for ill youngsters

First Class Childcare Clayton handed over a cheque for £536 to Donna’s Dream House, which is a free holiday home for terminally ill children, teenagers and their families.

A Clayton-le-Moors nursery has raised hundreds of pounds for youngsters with life-threatening injuries.

First Class Childcare Clayton handed over a cheque for £536 to Donna’s Dream House, which is a free holiday home for terminally ill children, teenagers and their families.

Nursery children, staff and parents raised the money over the past year by staff auctioning themselves off for babysitting duties at the children’s Christmas party and raffling off prizes donated by local businesses.

Donations were also received from parents and a St George’s Day celebration, where children dressed up in red and white and pledged £1.

The Pickup Street nursery also promised to continue fundraising throughout 2013 after hearing how the Blackpool-based charity was devastated by fire close to Christmas 2011.

Becky Lord, deputy manager of FCCC Clayton, and mascot Ollie the Lion visited the dream house and spent time meeting the families who will benefit from their generosity.

Becky said: “Visiting Donna’s Dream House made us realise how important the donations are to them and the families that use the centre.

“We were moved by how much work has gone into the re-opening of Donna’s Dream House and the dedication of Len and his wife Babs.

“We would like to thank them for making us feel so welcome. We look forward to visiting again.”

Len Curtis, chairman of trustees and co-founder of Donna’s Dream House, thanked everyone at the nursery for their help.

He said: “Without support like this our special children would not have the chance to smile and create happy memories on what may be the last holiday they share together.”

 
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