‘Fab 5 and a Baby’ Toddlers raise over £2000 for Marie Curie

Five toddlers from across Liverpool have come together via Zoom and helped raise over £2000 for Marie Curie after they took on a range of special 2.6 challenges last weekend, with the help of their parents.

Kirkdale Mum, Nicola Cumpstey, and friend Laura Mcrann from Wavertree both work for the North West Ambulance Service as ambulance dispatchers and along with Laura’s old school friends from Halewood Comprehensive – Rachael Lamb, Clare Anderson and Sophie Waller (all from Halewood) decided to do a special 2.6 challenge with their five toddlers (as well as Laura’s six month old baby) to raise money for the end of life care charity which supported one of the group’s friend recently.

Sophie Waller was due to get married on 11th April this year, but sadly had to postpone the wedding due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Having lost a very dear and close family friend, who was cared for by the Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton, Liverpool, Sophie had planned to ask for donations to Marie Curie instead of wedding favours, however with her wedding plans on hold until the virus restrictions are lifted, Sophie asked if the ‘baby gang’ would be interested in getting involved the 2.6k challenge and making Marie Curie their chosen charity.

“It was a no brainer for us and we set up our Just Giving page straight away” says Nicola Cumpstey, “We all had babies within a year of each other, became great friends and the children regularly meet for soft play, messy play, indoor play – any play really (we are baby cafe regulars!). It’s sad that we can’t all get together in the current climate, however the kids loved doing our individual 2.6 challenges last weekend, and then we all got together on Zoom at 11am on Sunday when the marathon would have been in full swing. The kids loved seeing each other on the screens (although for us it was carnage, only way to describe it would be like trying to pick up jelly with chopsticks). We have recently just lost a close work colleague and friend as well, so Marie Curie is more relevant than ever right now and we can’t thank them enough for the work they do, bringing some normality and love at a time of such heartbreak. We’ve been truly astonished to see the love that people have for our little gang and the fabulous support shown for Marie Curie as we watched our target of £200 climb and climb and climb to over £2,000.”

Ruth Todd, Marie Curie’s local community fundraiser, said:

“I think these are some of our youngest fundraisers yet. We are so grateful for the fabulous and creative 2.6 challenges that their two year olds (and six month old baby) did to raise funds for Marie Curie – they each did a 2.6k walk and between them the toddlers also did 26 laps of their gardens, 26 star jumps, baked 26 cakes, did 26 minutes of painting, 26 pushes on the swing for baby Nola and mum Sophie did 26 push ups with son Mason on her back”

“Our Marie Curie Nurses, doctors and hospice staff are on the frontline, caring for dying people and their loved ones, both with and without coronavirus. The Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool needs to raise £5.2 million every year to continue to run these essential frontline services, yet our ability to generate this money has been seriously compromised by the Coronavirus crisis.

Please support us by donating online at www.mariecurie.org.uk/donate/emergency-appeal

Top: Mason Winrow, age 2

Collage top left clockwise: Nola Devaney age 6 months pushes on swing, Willow Cumpstey age 2, James Lamb age 3 doing star jumps, Eliza Devaney age 2 making cakes and Leo Macdonald age 2 bouncing 

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