Kids 1st Hexham walk for Parkinson’s with the torch

6th Jul 2012
Kids 1st Hexham walk for Parkinson’s with the torch

This week the children at Kids 1st Hexham were lucky enough to meet Vicki Dillon, the Olympic Torchbearer for Carlisle. Vicki visited the nursery with the torch to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease, a cause close to Vicki’s heart.

Children at Kids 1st Hexham were delighted when they heard that Vicki was going to visit them with the Olympic torch and staff thought it would be a great idea to hold an Olympic themed sponsored walk.

Vicki (40) is a mother of two from Hexham, Northumberland and a paediatric respiratory nurse specialist who is living with Parkinson’s. She was selected as a torchbearer for her fantastic work in raising the profile of the degenerative disorder.

Sarah Scandle, Nursery Manager at Kids 1st Hexham, said: “This was a great opportunity for the children at the nursery to experience the Olympic phenomenon that is currently sweeping the nation and to raise money for a very worthy cause.”

Vicki was thrilled to be invited to the nursery, she said: “Thank you so much to everyone at Kids 1st for inviting me to their fabulous nursery to meet the children and staff. The reason I continue to pop up is my passion in raising awareness of young onset Parkinson’s Disease and raising money for research, so a huge thank you goes to the children who were amazing, and their parents for being so generous.”

So far the children have raised £300 but the nursery is still collecting in sponsors.