Devonshire Day Nursery staff staying overnight in nursery raise over £600 for charity

Image: Devonshire Day Nursery staff members during their sponsored ‘stay-awake’

Staff took part in sponsored ‘stay-awake’ charity event for the British Heart Foundation

Staff working at Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick have helped to raise money for charity by sacrificing their sleep for a sponsored ‘stay awake’, which involved them staying overnight in the nursery.

After completing their Friday shift at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bennett Street, the seven staff members including Joshua Elliott, Emmy Avery, Tasher John-Baptiste, Nicole Johnson, Louise Harding and Anna Ball powered through the night, playing games, enjoying snacks and sharing stories to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

As a result of their efforts, the team said they were ‘delighted’ to raise a total of £601.60 thanks to donations from their supporters, which will now go towards funding vital research into congenital heart disease and supporting babies and families in need.

The sponsored stay awake is the latest in a series of fundraisers for the Devonshire team, who have recently also taken part in the British Heart Foundation 10k race at Kew Gardens, bake sales, dress down days and raffles to raise money for the charity.

Devonshire Day Nursery Manager, Emmy Avery said:

“This experience truly embodies the spirit of our team, who are always thinking of exciting new ways to raise money for the causes we support. I am grateful to have such compassionate colleagues who are willing to give up their sleep to help others, as well as an amazing support network of nursery families who are always incredibly kind and generous.”

Devonshire Day Nursery have adopted the British Heart Foundation as their sponsored charity for a year-long fundraising drive.