Charity of the year

Little Ladybirds is hoping to fly high with its fundraising efforts after choosing the Great North Air Ambulance Service as its first-ever charity of the year.

To mark the first anniversary of achieving ‘outstanding’ status from Ofsted, we decided to select a local charity to give backing to in 2018.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was the overwhelming choice of staff and children at the nursery, which is based at Preston Farm in Stockton.

And Little Ladybirds is now busy planning the events it hopes will raise as much money as possible for GNAAS.

Little Ladybirds Day Nursery Manager, Jennifer Thompson, said: “We have raised money for different charities in the past but this year, to mark our first anniversary of being an outstanding nursery, we wanted to choose one that would benefit from everything we do.

“Working alongside our staff and parents, we are now in the process of planning a number of events to be held throughout the year.

“The Great North Air Ambulance Service does an amazing job rescuing and providing care to hundreds of severely injured or ill patients every year, so every penny we raise will make a big difference.”

Grahame Pickering MBE, chief executive of GNAAS, said: “We’d like to thank everyone at Little Ladybirds for choosing us as their charity of the year.

“Last year alone we were called out more than 1,000 times. We were only able to respond because of support like this, so we’d encourage everyone to get behind their fundraising efforts.”

Donations are welcome via our Just Giving Page.

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