Dad’s ride to capital for nursery fight

NILA 07-08-12 BE 5 Dave Fairclough cycling from Cotmanhay PLA nursery to london.
NILA 07-08-12 BE 5 Dave Fairclough cycling from Cotmanhay PLA nursery to london.

A dad has designed his own charity challenge to raise cash and awareness for a Cotmanhay nursery set for closure.

Dave Fairclough, 30, works at the Pre School Learning Alliance nursery where his two-year-old son Declan attends.

He plans to ride from the nursery, based at the Cotmanhay Children’s Centre on Beauvale Drive, to London over two days in September.

He said: “When we first heard the nursery was closing I thought about doing something to raise money and awareness but we didn’t have much time.

“When we found out the nursery will now be open until the end of October I’d got no excuse so decided to get it all organised.”

Dave, who is starting university in October, plans to get on his bike for the journey on Saturday September 15 or 22, depending on the weather.

The dad-of-one, who lives near the Gallows Inn, shares the concerns of other parents who use the charity run nursery which is closing due to sustainability.

He said: “My main worry is where will all of the children go?

“No end of parents are saying they will have to give up work because of the closure and that isn’t good news for any area but Cotmanhay is already one of the most deprived places in the country.

“I know my bike ride won’t raise anywhere near the amount of money needed to keep the nursery open but I hoppe it will prove to the powers-that-be that we do need affordable childcare in Cotmanhay.

“It will be a challenge but it’s for a good cause.”

To join the fight against the nursery closure search for Stop the Closure of the Sure Start Nursery on Facebook.