Nurs­ery sur­prised as play­ers stop by

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @oliv­erclayRWWN

WI­GAN War­riors star play­ers Micky McIlo­rum and Wil­lie Isa took the Su­per League tro­phy they won at Old Traf­ford in Oc­to­ber to a Widnes nurs­ery.

The pair took a break from pre-sea­son train­ing to sur­prise staff and chil­dren at Daisy Maisies Chapelfield, owned by ExWidnes and Wi­gan prop Terry O’Con­nor and his wife Jane.

The nurs­ery is in a for­mer com­mu­nity cen­tre on Wils­den Road in Hough Green and is the sec­ond to be opened by the cou­ple in the town.

Its open­ing fol­lowed a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment and was backed by a £75,000 grant from the Mersey­side Jobs And Growth Fund.

Rugby stars Micky and Wil­lie sur­prised an­other Daisy Maisies staff mem­ber by tak­ing the tro­phy to see Laura Bon­ney, Wi­gan fan and man­ager of sis­ter site Daisy Maisies Appleton, who was stunned to see two of her favourite play­ers.

Laura has been with the ● com­pany since its launch in 2012 and is now nurs­ery man­ager.

Daisy Maisies Appleton opened four years ago in the con­verted for­mer Appleton Arms pub, which had been owned by ex-Widnes and Wi­gan for­ward Ste O’Neill.

Terry, a Sky Sports pun­dit, made 317 ap­pear­ances for Wi­gan be­tween 1994 and 2005 and was a mem­ber of the team which won the in­au­gu­ral Grand Fi­nal back in 1998 ver­sus Leeds.

Liver­pool firm DK ar­chi­tects de­signed the lay­out in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jane and man­ager He­len Knox.

He­len has been with Daisy Maisies since 2012 and has been pro­moted to ex­ec­u­tive man­ager.

Terry said: “It was nice of Wil­lie and Micky to bring the sil­ver­ware down to my wife’s new nurs­ery.

“Not many play­ers have ● the chance to see the tro­phy up close let alone the chil­dren and staff in a nurs­ery.

“We’ve got a great cen­tre here and the staff are tremen­dous.

“I keep out of the way and let my wife do all the hard work along with her com­mit­ted staff.

“If I had to work in the nurs­ery the kids would run rings around me!”

He­len said: “I was ex­cited and pleased with the ex­pan­sion of our sec­ond nurs­ery and I am con­fi­dent that Chapelfield will be as suc­cess­ful as the Appleton nurs­ery. We would like to thank all the new staff who have helped us make an ex­cel­lent start and hope that they stay with the com­pany for many years to come.”

Dis­cussing the Chapelfield makeover, Terry said: “When we got the keys to the for­mer Chapelfield com­mu­nity cen­tre we wanted to strip it out com­pletely and start afresh.

“Ev­ery­thing in­side and out is new.

“The only thing left re­main­ing from the old cen­tre is the ex­ter­nal walls.”

Laura Bon­ney He­len Knox, Mickey McIlo­rum, Terry O’Con­nor, Jane O’Con­nor, Wil­lie Isa and Han­nah Weld­ing

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