Chesterfield nursery raises £1,300 for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund

Staff and youngsters at a Chesterfield nursery have raised thousands of pounds for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 5:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 5:26 pm

Youngsters at Children 1st @ St Peter and St Paul took on the challenge of walking three laps of their school field – an impressive total of 2,712 steps in 30 minutes.

They have raised a total of £1,300 for the charity with more sponsorship expected.

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L-r: Alice, Luke and Giorgia, Natalie Fearn, early years teacher, Nicola Taylor, nursery manager, with fundraiser Jodie Cassidy and her daughter.

The fundraising activity was inspired by one of the nursery’s parents, Jodie Cassidy, who is taking part in a continuous walk from Leeds to Chesterfield in aid of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

Her daughter, Callie, was born with complications in 2016 and had to undergo life-saving heart surgery.

Thanks to the expertise and care of hospital staff, Callie is growing and developing well.

Commenting on the fundrasing, Nicola Taylor, nursery manager at Children 1st @ St Peter and St Paul, said: “We are delighted to have completed our laps for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. We are so inspired by what Jodie is doing so wanted to play our part in helping to fundraise for such a fantastic charity.”

Jodie added: “I am thrilled to have the support of the nursery behind me.

“It was great to see the children out and about, getting their steps in and being active.

“Knowing the children and their families are behind me will certainly keep me going on the day.”

“I would like to say a massive thank you from my family and I to the nursery for arranging the activities, participating and for their generous sponsorship.”

To sponsor Jodie in her challenge, visit

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