Ayr Advertiser

Staff in coast walk to help area’s sick kids

- Craig Borland craig.borland@newsquest.co.uk

SICK kids in Ayrshire have received a helping hand worth more than £1100 after nursery staff set out on a walk along the area’s coast.

The walkers covered the Troon Coastal Way, from Irvine to Troon and back, to raise money for the Crosshouse Children’s Fund and in particular for the neonatal service at the Ayrshire MaternityU­nit at Crosshouse.

Team members Amy Whitelaw, Leonna King, Lisa Garry, Julie Clelland, Natalie Dinning, Christine Basnett, Lauren Hegarty, Lauren Russell, Nichola Ford, Lindsey Riggans and Stephanie Bickerton, who all participat­ed in the walk.

All are members of staff at the James Hamilton Early Childhood Centre in Kilmarnock.

Amy, an early years practition­er at the centre, said: “As a nursery, we decided to start doing charity walks to raise money for causes close to the hearts of people in the Early Childhood Centre.

“This year we chose Crosshouse Children’s Fund as the cause is close to the staff who participat­ed in the sponsored walk, and they praise all the work done by the charity and would like to give back anything that helps.”

Since 2019, the charity has invested over £350,000 in hospital projects to help the babies, children and young people of Ayrshire 25,000 of whom require hospital treatment in the area every year.

Funds raised help bring the latest medical equipment to Ayrshire, help families navigate the pressures of their child’s journey, and help children cope in hospital – from the tiniest babies in the neonatal unit at Ayrshire Maternity to the paediatric wards at Crosshouse – and throughout the community

Rebekah McGinn, Fundraisin­g Manager at Crosshouse Children’s Fund, said, “On behalf of the children, families and NHS staff we support across Ayrshire, I’d like to thank James Hamilton Early Childhood Centre for taking on this incredible sponsored challenge in aid of Crosshouse Children’s Fund, and everyone who supported their fundraisin­g efforts.”

The fund is now appealing for readers interested in supporting the fund to get involved by taking on the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow later this year.

Free charity places are available for the event, being held on Sunday, October 1 to find out more about taking part for the Crosshouse Children’s Fund, see crosshouse­childrensf­und.org/support-us/events.

 ?? ?? The fund-raising nursery workers who have given the Crosshouse Children’s Fund a £1100 boost
The fund-raising nursery workers who have given the Crosshouse Children’s Fund a £1100 boost

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