NURSERY school children from our region have been helping a cause close to their hearts with a celebration of spring to raise money for a cancer charity.
The children from Bede Academy Nursery in Blyth, planted daffodil bulbs in memory of the husband of a member of staff who died of the disease.
The youngsters have been caring for their plants over winter and are now excited to see the results of their efforts.
The husband of Bede Academy Nursery nurse, Rhonda Hedley, was struck down with terminal stomach and bowel cancer at the age of 48. Her community in Blyth, including the school, rallied around and raised more than £11,000 for expensive drugs to try and combat the killer disease.
Sadly, Guy Hedley died after an 18-month battle with the disease, which often shows no symptoms until it is too late to treat effectively.
As the first anniversary of his death approaches, Mrs Hedley joined staff and children at Bede Academy Nursery in a celebration of spring, called Mini Pots of Care, in which daffodil bulbs are grown to raise much needed funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Parents joined their children at the Academy Nursery for the day where daffodils pots were decorated with paint and paper.
The flowers, grown over the winter, were then taken home in return for a charitable donation. The event has raised more than £580 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Mrs Hedley said: “We were told by doctors there was no cure and that Guy had probably had cancer for two to three years."
“This event has been incredible and the parents have been brilliant. The Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses did a fantastic job; their care was just amazing.”
Whilst the project aimed to raise funds and awareness for the cancer charity, it was also an opportunity to teach the young children about the important role nurses and doctors carry out.
Bede Academy Nursery manager Kelly Exley added: “We wanted to involve the children and parents in something worthwhile. This has allowed us to introduce the concept of caring, from nurturing the 80 bulbs, to the work of doctors, nurses and vets.
“With Mrs Hedley's husband dying from cancer this has been very close to all of our hearts.”
Pictured: Bede Academy Nursery nurse Rhonda Hedley, left, and manager Kelly Exley help Alysse Clough, three, and Max Elliot, four, with their charity bulbs