Nurs­ery shows Olympic spirit

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

A NURS­ERY was buzzing with ex­cite­ment as Olympic fever came to town.

Busy Bees Nurs­ery, in Har­gate Way, Hamp­ton Har­gate, cel­e­brated the ar­rival of the Olympic Torch in the coun­try with a spe­cial event last week - and were joined by the Mayor of Peter­bor­ough cllr Paula Thacker.

A cud­dly ver­sion of the Olympic Flame ar­rived at the nurs­ery on Thurs­day, car­ried by the nurs­ery’s gi­ant bee mas­cot.

The cud­dly torch re­lay event also helped to launch a cam­paign by Busy Bees called the Golden Mile ini­tia­tive which aims to keep chil­dren ac­tive by get­ting them to com­plete eight miles of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the year.

John Cas­sidy, man­ager of the Hamp­ton Har­gate nurs­ery, said: “All par­tic­i­pat­ing chil­dren will get the chance to en­gage in a num­ber of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and they will all re­ceive cer­tifi­cates at ev­ery sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone along the way as well as a com­mem­o­ra­tive Olympic-themed pho­to­graph and medal at their very own clos­ing cer­e­mony.

“Through nurs­ery guid­ance and home par­tic­i­pa­tion the chil­dren can choose how they want to clock up their miles - whether it’s run­ning, skip­ping, jump­ing or cart-wheel­ing.”

Louise Cop­son, re­gional man­ager for Busy Bees, added: “The rea­son for hold­ing our own torch re­lay was twofold – one, to help launch the Golden Mile ini­tia­tive in ev­ery Busy Bees Nurs­ery in the coun­try and two, to make the Olympics rel­e­vant to a four-year-old.

“It’s a mon­u­men­tal event and might not hap­pen in the UK again within their life­time. The chil­dren have now met Olympians and Par­a­lympians and some have even had pho­tos taken with them and been pre­sented with medals – so now they have a con­nec­tion and so have their fam­i­lies.”

The Golden Mile ini­tia­tive is also rais­ing money for The Dame Kelly Holmes (DKH) Legacy Trust.

Dame Kelly, a dou­ble Olympic gold medal­list said: “It’s fan­tas­tic that young chil­dren are be­ing en­cour­aged to take up an ac­tive and healthy life­style and their sup­port will re­ally help us to cre­ate life chances for more young chil­dren.”

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