Staff join forces in char­ity cy­cle for fam­i­lies in need

Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - Do­nate at just­giv­­cle chal­lenge2015/. Karen Brit­ton

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

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