A farm-based children’s nursery has chosen the Great North Air Ambulance as its charity of the year for 2018.
The charity was chosen by High Bank Day Nursery in Stapleton, near Darlington, following a vote by parents and staff.
And the nursery is now busy planning the events it hopes will exceed the £2,000 it raised for its first-ever charity of the year in 2017, Herriot Hospice Homecare.
Among the events in the pipeline include an afternoon tea, parents’ sponsored walk, children’s sponsored jog and a curry night to mark National Curry Week. Dates will be announced soon.
High Bank Day Nursery Manager Hayley Grainger said: “After the success of our fundraising last year, we were keen to keep the momentum going and choose a charity where all the money raised stays in the local area.
“We had some great suggestions, but the Great North Air Ambulance was the overwhelming choice and we are now looking forward to starting our fundraising efforts.
“Our aim is to exceed the £2,000 we raised last year and with the amazing support we receive from our staff, parents and the local community, we are confident of being able to do this.”
Grahame Pickering MBE, chief executive of GNAAS, said: “We are humbled to have been chosen as the nursery’s charity of the year and can’t wait to see how their fundraising progresses.
“We simply couldn’t continue to fly without this kind of support, so we are hugely grateful to all involved for choosing GNAAS.”