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The Reverse Advent Calendar

Staff and children at Southfield Day Nursery in Gosforth have been completing a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ for the children at St Oswald’s. The Nursery, part of the Choice Childcare group have been fundraising for St Oswald’s through selling cuddly toys, holding Christmas fayres and through their reverse advent calendar.

We caught up with Madalane Weaver, Deputy Manager at Southfield, she said:

It all started with a discussion in our preschool room. We were talking about how not everyone will have the same Christmas as they will have and I think it really struck a chord with the kids. They started saying they will ask Santa to give their presents to someone else who won’t get any. So that’s when we decided to do the reverse advent calendar. We already support St Oswald’s through other means so we thought we would collect for them. We got in touch and the Children’s Service staff sent us over a wish list of items suitable for the children staying at the Hospice. Both children and staff donated toys, art materials and books to fill a basket full of gifts.


My grandad and best friend both died at St Oswald’s so I always like to raise money for them. When Choice Childcare told us St Oswald’s would be our companies charity I was over the moon. I love raising money for the Hospice and the kids really enjoyed getting involved with donating items.

Thank you to the children and staff at Southfield Day Nursery for such a lovely gift.

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