Northcote & Bennerley House Nursery & Pre-Prep deliver Christmas treats for staff and parents at the neonatal unit of St George’s Hospital in Tooting

20 December 2021

There was a special Christmas delivery this week for the parents and staff at the neonatal unit of St George’s Hospital in Tooting, organised by local Nursery, Northcote House, which is located on Salcott Road in Clapham.

Nursery Manager, Kelly Walton, recently delivered the huge bundle of donations which included chocolates, biscuits, mince pies, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. She said, “We couldn’t believe the generosity of our families when we asked them to help our nominated charity at Christmas. We received so many donations that we had to use a hospital trolley to deliver them to the neonatal unit when we arrived, it was almost like loading up a sleigh on Christmas Eve!”

Kelly explained that “Northcote & Bennerley House Nursery and Pre-Prep have been long-time supporters of First Touch, a charity who support sick and premature babies at St George’s.  When choosing a local charity to work with, we chose First Touch because we wanted to help a charity which would support our local community”.

The neonatal unit at St George’s cares for up to 40 premature and sick babies at any time and Kelly and her team wanted to do something for the staff and families who will be there over Christmas.

Bobbie Everson, Neonatal Unit Coordinator at St George’s was overwhelmed with the amount of donations that Kelly delivered and said it will really benefit the staff and parents over the festive period.

Kelly said “having cared for children who were premature babies at our Nursery over the years, we know how hard the staff in the unit work, and what a difficult time it can be for families. With Christmas just around the corner, we think it is a really important time to give back to the community, and we are incredibly grateful to our Northcote families who all donated so generously.”

Kelly also talked about how important it is to teach children about charity.

“At Nursery and Pre-Prep, we are of course focused on children’s learning and development, but we take a holistic approach to this. We go above and beyond the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, trying to make our children’s education as broad as possible. We offer experiences in things like photography and woodwork, and we are also an accredited Emotion Coaching setting. But, we also want to teach our children about being good to others. 

We talk to the children about families that are disadvantaged or in need and what we can do to help them. The goal is to make the process of giving a natural part of children’s lives. Our children are learning that being generous is gratifying for everyone, and we know they are going to grow into kind, charitable, and giving adults.

Seeing grown-ups at home and in their Nursery, working together to help others, helps children to develop a spirit of generosity and to discover that giving really can be the best gift of all.”

If you would like more information about the Nursery or Pre-Prep, please contact Kelly Walton on managernorthcote@thehousenurseries.com.