Staff join forces in charity cycle for families in need
ATEAM of staff are taking on a cycling challenge to raise money for a children’s fund.
The workers from Wilmslow-based childcare company Bright Horizons Family Solutions, formerly kids unlimited, are taking part in a sponsored cycle from Aberdeen to Brighton for their registered charity.
The charity Bright Horizons Foundation for Children supports families and children in crisis, living in temporary accommodation or fleeing from domestic violence.
Nick Collins, who lives in Wilmslow, Jeremy Clark, Caley Rankin and Cheryl Zanni who are based in Bright Horizons support office in Summerfields, Wilmslow, will be joined by other employees for the challenge.
They will start their 750mile journey at the nurs- ery group’s most northern nursery in Aberdeen on May 6. They will finish at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on May 19.
During the challenge the group will visit 16 nurseries and the company’s head office in Rushden.
The cyclists, with the support of the company’s nurseries, support offices, clients and suppliers, hope to raise more than £50,000 for the Foundation. The proceeds will be used to build on the Foundation’s 36 Bright Spaces – warm, safe, enriching spaces created to help families in need.
Jeremy Clark, development director at Bright Horizons, who has been at the Wilmslow office for 15 years, said: “I’m delighted we have managed to transform this idea into a reality and I’m looking forward to getting started.
“The support we have had from staff, families, clients and suppliers of Bright Horizons has been incredible and I’m sure it will continue.
“We have set ourselves an ambitious target of £50,000, which would give a massive boost to our foundation and support the amazing work they do.”
Staff at the firm have been doing a variety of fundraising events and activities across the Wilmslow nurseries.
Tracy Wilkes-Green, foundation manager for the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, said, “I am so proud of everyone within the company. From the get-go everyone has been incredibly supportive to our cyclists and it’s another example of the fantastic enthusiasm and support throughout Bright Horizons for our Foundation.”
From back left, Lee Latter, Global Finance projects manager, Rushden Office; Nick Collins, business development co-ordinator, Wilmslow office; Jeremy Clark, development director, Wilmslow office; Caley Rankin, contact centre manager, Wilmslow office; Brian Halstead, health and safety officer, Rushden office; Cheryl Zanni, BUCA manager, Wilmslow office; James Sharrod, functional skills and GCSE manager, Rushden office