Teesside toddlers were this week delighted by an invite to the Great North Air Ambulance headquarters - after the preschoolers raised money for the charity. 

Children from Rosedene Nurseries recently learned more about the important work that the helicopter ambulance service does in the North East community. 

The nursery group, which has 10 settings dotted across the North East, brought some of their preschoolers and holiday club children along after being invited as a thank-you for raising £250 for the charity.

In fundraising efforts, the nursery children and staff took to their wardrobes and kitted themselves out in all-green outfits for the day to raise money for the organisation. 

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During the afternoon, the nursery children were given a tour of the facilities, which included a visit by the charity's bear mascot, Miles, and got up close and personal with a helicopter as it took off. 

Caris Williams, from Rosedene Nurseries said: “Our children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in our Community week across the nurseries, with a focus on the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

“In the build up to the visit, all of our nurseries have been participating in a wide range of activities and the children are very proud of the money they have raised as a result.”

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Sophie Snowden, fundraising lead at the Great North Air Ambulance Service said: “It was great to welcome the children from Rosedene for a tour of our facilities and have them learn about what we get up to.

“We’re all about educating the future fundraisers and people of our region – so it’s nice to show the children what the money raised will be spent on.

“At a time when household bills are on the rise, we are extremely grateful to all donations which are made and appreciate the close connections we have with many local groups and businesses in the area which support us to continue our life-saving work.”