Children get messy for hospital

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NURSERY tots got messy to raise cash for a life-saving children’s hospital.

Youngsters and members of staff at Just Learning nursery, in Doxford Park, collected £3,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital with activities including bathing in mashed potato and beans.

They also took part in a sponsored pier-to-pier walk, from Roker to South Shields, while wearing neon clothes.

Other fund-raising events included a fun day in which staff and pupils wore fancy dress and got their faces painted.

An Easter fair and sponsored scary sleepover also helped the nursery to raise a total of £3,371.75.

Deborah Hogan, nursery manager at Just Learning, said: “We have raised a terrific amount of money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital and we hope to raise a lot more throughout the year.

“We have all had tremendous fun. Everyone from the staff down to the youngest children have had a brilliant time these past few months.

“Working with children makes us more aware of those who are not well and need expert medical care and treatment.

“Great Ormond Street is such a worthy cause, and it is a privilege to help support the amazing work the hospital does.”