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Pump Farm Day Nursery and Forest School, Tuxford, deliver Santa's suitcase containing new toys to Newark Children's Bereavement Centre




Little ones and their parents dug deep to give generously for children in need.

Pump Farm Day Nursery and Forest School, Tuxford, took part in the Santa’s Suitcase initiative ­— donating new toys to the Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark.

The nursery previously raised money for the centre through dress-up days and biscuit and cake sales, and this year Nicole Andrews, deputy manager, said staff chose to give presents to the children instead.

Pump Farm Nursery, Santa's Suitcase initiative. Left to right: Jess Pealing, EYFS coordinator, and Nicole Andrews, deputy manager, pictured with nursery children. 111219DD10-7
Pump Farm Nursery, Santa's Suitcase initiative. Left to right: Jess Pealing, EYFS coordinator, and Nicole Andrews, deputy manager, pictured with nursery children. 111219DD10-7

She said: “It has been a huge success and our parents have filled the box full of new toys and teddy bears.”

The staff and children took the toys and teddies to the centre to present them to staff.

Teenagers enjoyed a treat thanks to local businesses when Oscar’s Inn on Baldertongate, Newark, hosted a Children’s Bereavement Centre Christmas meal.

Oscar’s Inn provided pizzas, desserts and drinks for 16 young people, and Greenzone facilities management in Newark provided presents for everyone.

Paula Drummond, clinical lead for the centre, said: “It’s wonderful to have the support from Oscar’s Inn and Greenzone.

“It is so important to give these young people something fun to look forward to and enjoy at this time of year, which can be so difficult for some.”

Lizzie James, a centre young ambassador, said: “Thank you to everyone that helped to organise the meal. It is such a great time to get together and meet up with friends I have made for life while at the charity.”

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