Fundraising for school in Kenya

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First Steps Childcare operates full-day care nurseries in Brinsbury near Pulborough, Chichester, and Bersted.

The nurseries committed to supporting The Big Build Kenya last year; an exciting project in partnership with Chichester College to construct a new primary school in Nakuru, Kenya. They have raised a massive £4,738.

Sue Carpenter, Senior Childcare Manager at First Steps, is thrilled with the response they received: “It has been wonderful to see our staff and all of our families across the three nurseries really get behind this project. We have seen everything from bake sales to sponsored safari hunts and African-inspired fun weeks, and our children have loved learning all about Africa. We are extremely proud of every single penny raised and would like to thank everyone for their fantastic efforts.”

African Adventures, the organisation behind The Big Build Kenya, are equally thrilled with the money raised by First Steps: “We would like to thank some of our youngest supporters from First Steps for their fantastic fundraising efforts. It is wonderful to see that the children of West Sussex are starting to learn, from such a young age, more about the wider world and about the lives of children in Africa; a big well done to you all,” said Rachel Northover at African Adventures.

Nursery Manager Michelle Cogger is currently heading up a massive sponsored bike ride from Chichester to Nakuru, on an exercise bike in the nursery reception. Staff and children are closely watching the route, as staff make their way kilometre by kilometre, celebrating each new country destination as they reach it. First Steps are delighted to confirm their commitment to raising a further £3,000 and hope to be sending two staff members out to Nakuru next year to support the project and assist with getting the new classroom that this will fund up and running.

Contributed by First Steps Childcare

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