Nurseries help raise thousands for Kenyan school

African masks
African masks

Children At First Steps Nurseries have helped to raise thousands for a Kenyan school.

First Steps Childcare operates full-day care nurseries in Brinsbury, Chichester and Bersted. The nurseries committed to supporting The Big Build Kenya last year, an exciting project in partnership with Chichester College to construct a new primary school in Nakuru, Kenya.

By hosting several fundraising activities, they have raised a massive £4,738.

Sue Carpenter, senior childcare manager, said: “It has been wonderful to see our staff and all of our families across the three nurseries really get behind this project. We have seen everything from bake sales to sponsored safari hunts and African-inspired fun weeks, and our children have loved learning all about Africa. We are extremely proud of every single penny raised and would like to thank everyone for their fantastic efforts.”

Rachel Northover of African Adventures, the organisation behind The Big Build Kenya, said: “We would like to thank some of our youngest supporters from First Steps for their fantastic fundraising efforts. It is wonderful to see that the children of West Sussex are starting to learn, from such a young age, more about the wider world and about the lives of children in Africa; a big well done to you all.”

Michelle Cogger, nursery manager for First Steps Childcare, is currently heading up a massive sponsored bike ride from Chichester to Nakuru, on an exercise bike in the nursery reception.

First Steps are delighted to confirm their commitment to raising a further £3,000 and hope to be sending two staff members out to Nakuru next year to support the project and assist with getting the new classroom that this will fund up and running.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.chichester.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChichesterObserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @Chiobserver

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Chichester Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.