Tots at a Banburyshire nursery school raise money for disadvantaged children living in deprived areas

Thirty children from a nursery school near Hook Norton have enjoyed some early-years fundraising to help disadvantaged children living in deprived areas.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 4:36 pm
Dawn Wilson-Fry leads her class - the Goslings - on part of the half-mile walk

The children from The Willow on the Farm Nursery, Tadmarton Heath Road, Hook Norton enjoyed a sponsored toddle in glorious weather and raised £2,000 for the Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund (AIPPF).

The Fund makes it possible to provide access to grass roots sport to children living in underprivileged circumstances and deprived areas including Oxford giving them opportunities they may otherwise miss.

Many children have suffered as a result of the lockdown and mental health issues are now very prevalent amongst this group of vulnerable children.

Some of the children couldn't help breaking into a run on the half-mile route

Youngsters who attend the nursery, are aged from two to four years. In their sponsored event they walked over half a mile across farm fields with magnificent views to cross a finish line and be greeted by their parents for a picnic in the sun.

Hassan Sabrie from Diversity Football League, a small project in the Blackbird Leys area of Oxford, came to speak to the parents and children about where funding from the AIPFF goes to and how it helps provide football kits, boots and equipment.

Mr Sabrie and two colleagues then awarded the children with a certificate and rosette for their achievement and thanked them for their efforts in raising over £2000 for this very worthy cause.

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Young Charlie enjoys the fundraising event organised by The Willow on the Farm Nursery, near Hook Norton
Children met their parents and carers for a picnic at the end of the sponsored toddle
Isla receives her certificate and rosette from Hassan Sabrie of the Diversity Football League