Applegarth raise over £1,200 for Heart Link charity for Jacob

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Children, parents and staff at a Linby nursery have been busy raising money in support of one of its youngsters.

A group from the Applegarth Day Nursery, based at Robey Close, visited Sherwood Pines and completed a sponsored three mile walk on 19th July.

The children, aged between two and 10 completed the challenge, supported by adults, for the Heartlink charity in recognition of their involvement with one of the nursery’s children, Jacob MacGregor.

“Jacob was born with a heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA),” explains Liz Turner of Applegarth. “This means the main arteries that come off the heart to pump blood around the body were the wrong way round resulting in open heart surgery when he was just four days old.

Jacob had to spend six weeks in intensive care and three weeks on the ward at Glenfield Hospital but thanks to the charity Heart Link, his family were able to stay with him in parents’ accomodation.

“Without Heart Link the family would have been separated at such a precious and most important time of their life,” added Liz.

Following the sponsored walk, each child received a certificate and medal for their achievmentin raising £1,265 for the worthy cause.

The facility has also made welcome one of the visiting children from Chernobyl who was staying with a local family whose child attends the nursery’s after school club.

Claire Stone and her daughter and National Primary pupil, Anya Bywater, has Yana visiting them for a month as part of a four year commitment to the charitable programme based in Hucknall.

“This is an exceptional act of kindness and we have had the pleasure of looking after Yana in The Zone free of charge,” added Liz.

“ We can’t wait to see Yana next year and welcome her here again at Applegarth with Anya for more outdoor fun, creative masterpieces and vegetable planting.”