CHILDREN and parents at the House of Eden Nursery, in Rushyford, have had fun raising money for children's charities in recent weeks.

Their first event was a sponsored bounce for the Happy Days children's charity.

The charity provides holidays and day trips for children suffering from severe illnesses and those who have been the victims of abuse.

A cheque for £1,013 was sent to the charity as a result of the fundraising effort.

The nursery held a fun day to coincide with the Queen's golden jubilee celebrations, at which there was a magic show, face-painting, a barbecue and raffle.

Two Newcastle United football shirts were auctioned, and just over £230 was raised for the children's ward at Bishop Auckland General Hospital.

At a third event, staff shed their work uniforms and wore England shirts to work for a World Cup game.

They had to pay £1 each for the privilege and raised £15 for TFM's Give A Child A Smile appeal.

Jan Hooper, from the nursery, said: "The staff at the nursery fully support any charity which makes a child's life happier and more bearable."