Kids 1st and Helen McArdle Care raise over £1200 for The Children’s Foundation

10th Aug 2012
Kids 1st and Helen McArdle Care raise over £1200 for The Children’s Foundation

Kids 1st – which has nine nurseries from Darlington to Wansbeck – joined forces with Helen McArdle Care to raise over £1200 when they hosted a family fun day at Newcastle Racecourse.

Staff and their families, as well as families that use the nurseries and have relatives living in the care homes, were invited to the event – which was opened by Tynemouth Olympic Torchbearer Neil Weir – to enjoy fairground rides, live music, Irish dancing, magic tricks and craft stalls.

Helen McArdle, Chairman and Founder of Helen McArdle Care and Kids 1st said: “The family fun day was a great opportunity for staff to let their hair down and have a good time with friends, family and colleagues.  It was a fantastic team building opportunity too as the entire care home and nursery staff entered an assault course knock out challenge which was won by Kids 1st Quorum.”

A total of £942 was raised at the event which will be added to £120 raised at a balloon race at Quorum Business Park, and £210 raised at a fashion show.

Libby Nolan, fundraising manager at The Children’s Foundation, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Kids 1st and Helen McArdle Care chose to support our charity at their fundraising events. The total donation of £1,273 will make a real difference to the lives of children living in the North East”

The money raised will be used to support the charity’s three main aims, developing innovation to help prevent and cure children from becoming ill and to reduce stress for both the child and their family, working in partnership to improve life chances of children with physical, mental and emotional needs and delivering practical interventions both in the home and wider community, to improve the safety of children in the North East.

Helen, who is also delighted with the fundraising total said:  “We always try to support North East charities through fundraising, sponsorship and events, and our annual staff family fun day is a great way for us to support children and families in the region.  All of the staff teams put a lot of hard work into ensuring that they had a unique stall to raise funds for The Children’s Foundation and it is great that we have raised so much for the charity.”