Ladybird Class take part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy

A group of children from Ladybird Class at St. Stephen’s Infant School took part in a sponsored walk from Canterbury to Chartham (4 miles) on Sunday 8th May to raise money for the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy as part of the Kent Giving Week.

It was a beautiful sunny day and the team (along with their parents) enjoyed the stunning sights the Kent countryside has to offer as well as a seemingly endless supply of sweets!  The children, all in Foundation Stage, walked the full distance and raised an incredible £808.55 to fund exercise classes for users of the Parkinson’s Centre which is set to open in September this year.

Tamar Elderton-Welch, a parent of one of the children that took part, said “We were all so proud of our little ladybirds for not only walking such a long distance but also raising such an incredible sum for this important cause. A number of the group have family members or friends who are living with Parkinson’s and have seen first hand how devastating this diagnosis can be. To know that the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy will be opening in September to offer treatment and hope to our loved ones is hugely reassuring and we were pleased to be able to do our bit.”

Each child received a medal and certificate after completing the challenge and the University of Kent is most grateful for the team’s efforts, they all did so well!

To sponsor the children, please visit their online fundraising page.