Published On: February 3rd, 2023

During November’s Children in Need week, Monkey Puzzle Hartley Wintney set themselves the challenge of raising the most amount of money they have ever raised for this very deserving charity. They set their Marketing and Facilities Manager, Andy, a very difficult challenge!

Andy was challenged to ride 100 miles whilst the nursery was open. Starting at 7.30 in the morning and riding through the whole day until 6.30pm. He set his bike on rollers outside the nursery entrance and the team offered to help him when they could so he could have a break for lunch. It was a real team effort.

Andy is used to taking on challenges for charity, having previously cycled 250 miles through Death Valley for MAG (Mines Advisory Group), having ridden London to Brighton for The British Heart Foundation, and having run the Surrey Half Marathon twice for Prostate Cancer UK. However, these were done in his twenties when he was a fitter and child-free man. It’s a very different story now.

The nursery set up a JustGiving page, and a donations box outside, encouraging our families to give generously to support Andy on his challenge. All of our children were encouraged to join in the fun too with a week of themed dress up days featuring some fantastic stripy, spotty clothes as well as pyjama days and lots of Pudsey themed activities during the days.

Andy’s Success!

Having accepted his challenge, Andy made us more proud then we ever could have imagined. Not only did he smash his 100mile target, he cycle an extra 50miles taking his total distance to 150miles! The love and support from the nursery team and all of the children pushed him on. He wouldn’t have been able to do it without all of their support spurring him on, particularly from the Owl Preschool who made a fantastic banner to encourage him to keep going.

After all of the donations were collected and added to our JustGiving total, Andy raised an incredible £560 pounds for the charity. Everyone at Monkey Puzzle are so proud of what you achieved and raised and we know Children in Need are incredibly grateful for all of your hardwork.

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