We were very excited to receive a letter from HRH Prince Harry about the money the nursery children raised at the annual sports morning. We managed to raise £927.25 for Sentebale.
Sentebale means 'Forget me not' in Sesotho and the name was chosen "as a memorial to the charity work of our own mothers, as well as a reminder to us all not to forget Lesotho or its children." (Prince Harry speaking at the Concert for Diana).
Lesotho has the 3rd highest rate of HIV in the world and there are over 37,000 children under 14 living with HIV. The country has 360,000 orphans and around 10% of all children are vulnerable.
Sentebale aims to combat these issues and works with vulnerable children and their communities, empowering them to reach their full potential. The charity is focused on community-led development which matches actual need.
Children in Need
Fordfield Marathon - Well done to all of the Fordfield and Ruxox children who over the space of 1 week ran as many times round a measured course as they could. The aim was to run the distance of a marathon which is 26 miles. In total the children ran 26.2 miles raising a massive £447.00.
Fordfield Cake Shop - Well done to all of the Fordfield and Ruxox children who raised £120 for Children in Need by baking and selling delicious cakes at Nursery
CHUMS Child Bereavement, Trauma And Emotional Wellbeing Service
We have given £100 to CHUMS Bedfordshire from donations taken at the Pre School Nativity specifically for the Emotional Wellbeing Service. This service offers short term support for children and young people presenting with a mild to moderate mental health difficulty. Presenting issues include anxiety, relationship difficulties, low mood and low self esteem.
Have you ever ridden a bike 100 miles? What about 500? Well try 874 miles on the back of a tandem! Lands End to John 'O' Groats was completed in aid of a fantastic cause and Fordfield got involved. We sponsored £30 to a young man with a degenerative condition who relies on his guide dog to support his independence. This money goes towards funding his dog through training which can cost up to £50,000.
War Child - A world where no child's life is torn apart by war
War Child was founded in 1993 by film-makers David Wilson and Bill Leeson. On assignment in the former-Yugoslavia they were horrified by the violence and ethnic cleansing they witnessed and especially its impact on children.
Their main objective is to increase the scale of their work and reach more children in conflict areas. In 2015, the number of children, young people and adults who received direct support from war child was 126,000.