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Young ballet stars raise over £6k for Tommy’s

Posted on Thursday 29th November 2018 at 8:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Babyballet Bradley Stoke pupils with the Tommy's charity logo on a wall behind them.

Little stars from Babyballet Bradley Stoke galloped, jumped and boogied with Peppa Pig during their weekly class to raise money for baby charity Tommy’s as they took part in a ‘danceathon’ fundraiser. Boys and girls aged 18 months to 5 years were sponsored to complete five challenges in a Peppa Pig themed dance lesson.

Dressed in their ballet outfits, the children went on an imaginary journey with Princess Peppa from their ballet class to a fun filled tea party. Together, the 24,000 Babyballet stars from across the country aim to raise £500,000 for the charity.

Tommy’s funds four research centres in the UK that investigate causes and find treatments for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. It also provides advice and support from a team of midwives for all parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. In the UK, it is estimated that one-in-four pregnancies ends in loss during pregnancy or birth.

Jane Brewin, chief executive of Tommy’s, said:

“Danceathon is a great way for mums and dads to involve their little ones in a good cause. Tommy’s relies on the generosity and hard work of its supporters like Babyballet to continue its pioneering research to prevent pregnancy complications. We hope everyone taking part had an amazing time!”

Local Babyballet franchisee Miss Claire said:

“At Babyballet Bradley Stoke we have all loved taking part in the Tommy’s danceathon. Our aim was to raise £5,000 and we really enjoyed our danceathon week. We have already exceeded our fundraising target, and our total stands at £6,791 and counting. This is an amazing achievement and I am so proud of my little stars and their families and friends for supporting this fantastic charity.”

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Mama Bear’s takes over at The Covey Nursery

Posted on Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 12:01 am by SH (Editor)

The Covey Nursery at Baileys Court, Bradley Stoke.

The Bristol-based nursery group which acquired the former Butterflies Day Nursery site on Great Park Road last year has taken on another nursery in the area, creating sustainable childcare places and more employment opportunities for the Bradley Stoke community.

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery group took over the running of The Covey Nursery in Baileys Court from Monday 19th January, following the retirement of the previous owners.

Interest in both nurseries is already high and Mama Bear’s says it is looking for more staff to add to the teams already in place.

Mama Bear’s owner Bev Driffield said:

“We are delighted to have another nursery in Bradley Stoke and we look forward to offering even more quality childcare to local families. Our offer of free registration until June has attracted lots of new families, so we are looking to expand the teams we have in place. Opportunities are available for Level-3 qualified childcare practitioners and apprentices.”

“We always aim to create a home-from-home environment and we put a massive focus on the quality of care we provide, as well as training for our staff, so it’s a great opportunity for anyone in the industry or those looking to get into the industry.”

Plans are in place for redevelopment at both Bradley Stoke nurseries in early 2015.

More: Idea for Mama Bear’s started in Bradley Stoke »

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Leisure centre spin marathon raises hundreds for Comic Relief

Posted on Friday 15th March 2013 at 7:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Sponsored cycle for Comic Relief at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Two spin instructors have raised hundreds of pounds for Comic Relief by staging a sponsored cycle in the foyer of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre today.

Fitness supervisor Jon Booth and gym manager Sam Holmes began the marathon at 6am this morning and planned to continue until 8pm this evening, allowing themselves only the occasional toilet break of a minute or two.

Red Nose Day 2013.

The pair set out to raise £250 but the generosity of the leisure centre’s customers means that as much as £750 could be achieved by the end of the event.

Local businesses have also contributed, with Drive Vauxhall of Patchway leading the way with a donation of £50.

Donations can also be made online, through Jon and Sam’s Red Nose Day ‘Giving Page’.

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Big Lottery win for children in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Friday 7th March 2008 at 12:27 am by SH (Editor)

Big Lottery Fund logoChildren in Bradley Stoke are to benefit from a £454,400 grant awarded to South Gloucestershire Council by the Big Lottery Fund. The money is for the construction of a series of so-called “Beacon Playgrounds” in accordance with the council’s Play Policy (available on the Play Website).

Play Development Officer Michael Follett told The Journal: “These projects aim to provide a different approach to creating places to play for children. This is based on the idea of designing a whole landscape, which is fun to play in, combining natural and man made features. The result should be attractive, useable by people of all ages and unique to the site.”

Michael points to the Free Play Network Website as an example of the approaches that are likely to be followed in the developments of the parks.

Jubilee Green, Savages Wood Road is the site earmarked for the Bradley Stoke park. The design process will begin in April with the park due for completion by March 2009.

It is not yet known how much of the green will be given over to the new playground and whether this will have any significant impact on the community activities that take place there throughout the year.

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