Bright Space Openings
Date: 27 Sep 2017
The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children supports families suffering crisis and disadvantage, through our Bright Space programme. Bright Spaces are enriching play environments for vulnerable children located in domestic violence shelters, hospitals, homeless shelters, police stations and prisons, they provide a safe place for children to build caring relationships, heal from trauma through play and learn and develop. The Foundation continues to offer grants and awards to our employees to support charities that are important to them.
We celebrated the opening of a new Bright Space at Eve's domestic violence refuge in Northamptonshire on August 18th.
The Bright Space, which was designed by the children living at the refuge, has transformed the garden into an enriching and fun environment for play and relaxation. It includes new surfacing, a new sheltered seating area, a wooden climbing frame and slide, planters, flowers and plants, outdoor kitchen, water wall and lots of new toys and equipment.
In the coming weeks we will be opening Bright Spaces at Isleworth Crown Court, Brixton prison, Berkshire and Salisbury Women’s Refuges.
2017 Walk On for Bright Spaces
The pre-prep children, staff and families at Wellingborough School raised £1,400 in their sponsored walk, to create a Bright Space garden at a local domestic violence refuge!
Would you like to be active and fundraise for a good cause at the same time? If so, please consider joining a 2017 Walk On for Bright Spaces. A Walk On is a fun-filled walk to raise awareness and funds for our Bright Space programme to help us brighten the lives of vulnerable children in our communities. Your Walk On could be a walk in a local green space, in the grounds of your workplace, school or nursery; it could be a hike or a run you have always wanted to do. Visit our Walk On page to download information and resources to get you started. We also have a dedicated Walk On Just Giving page to make fundraising easier for everyone. Either make a donation to take part, or ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you.
O2 Climbers Raising Funds for Whittington Hospital
Look at our brave team who did a Walk On over the O2. All the funds raised are going towards a children's outdoor play terrace at Whittington Health NHS Trust.
What an incredible job they did raised a total of over £3,000 a great day was had by all with some climbers sating they can’t wait to do it again!
The staff, children and families at Looking Glass Nursery in Tooting Bec raised an amazing £730 for us! They held a summer fete with a brilliant turn out, there was face painting, balloon modelling and delicious food, even Elsa from Frozen made an appearance.
Sharon Anderson from our Rugby Nursery has braved the skies and raised an amazing £575 for us with donations still coming in!! Sharon has been raising money with the help of her family, friends, colleagues and all the very kind parents at the nursery. She even took Candy Floss along for the ride, this has been a dream of Sharon’s for a very long time, so a massive well done and thank you Sharon!
The extraordinary Hayley Woodhall from our Quayside Nursery in Ipswich has swam her 5 open water swim’s she is raising money for a Bright Space for St Elizabeth Hospice. Please show your support for Hayley or donate using her Just Giving page.
Recycle for Good
Our Recycle for Good programme is well underway and we are excited to see how many nurseries are getting involved. We have raised £500 so far, thank you for all your support and keep up the hard work.
Congratulations to Pauline Bedford from our nursery in Oxford. Pauline has been awarded a £250 Volunteer Grant in recognition of her volunteering for Style Acre, a charity for people with learning disabilities (Pauline is pictured with the blue dragon fly at a recent Day Centre visit).
Save the date for the Foundation’s 2017 FUNdraising Campaign!
1 October to 30 November 2017. More information coming soon!
If you would like to do something practical to support a local charity or community group visit our Brightening Lives Activity pages for inspiration and resources.
Staff and families from Bright Horizons nurseries and offices throughout England donated nappies, wipes, toiletries, new underwear and clothing, and colouring pencils and paper. Over 100 boxes were collected.