SSE team help Cumbernauld nursery get new wheels

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 19:09 on 12 July 2015

SSE    Baird Memorial Nursery

SSE staff members with staff and pupils at Baird Memorial Nursery. Picture: SSE.

CUMBERNAULD’S Baird Memorial Nursery School was able to pick up the cars to their brand new minibus, last week, with support from Scottish and Southern Energy employees. 

A number of SSE team members had raised £1,000 at a charity football match in March this year to help the nursery reach their £16,000 fundraising target. The money raised by SSE team members pushed the nursery over its funding target.

Members of SSE’s Cumbernauld-based customer services team rallied behind Andy Dodd’s efforts to raise money for the appeal, which culminated with the handover of vehicle keys, earlier this month.

Andy’s daughter Lily, 3, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy two years ago and she relies on the use of a wheelchair to get around. 

After her previous nursery closed, Lily was moved into the under-fives centre at Baird Primary, where Andy and his wife Emma became aware of a fundraising campaign to buy a minibus with wheelchair access.

The nursery had been forced to share one with the adjoining primary school, but staff wanted their own to give the youngsters more freedom.

Andy, who works in Final Accounts at SSE’s Cumbernauld office, said: “Lily loves the nursery and she has a special frame there to help her to walk and every day they spend time with her using it and she is able to move about.

“It was nice to be able to do something to repay them and this is something that will also help children like Lily in the future.”

The keys to the bus were handed over last week by ex-Scotland footballer Gordon Smith, on behalf of principal benefactor, the Variety Club.

Elspeth McCoull, principal teacher of Baird Memorial Nursery said: “Baird Memorial Primary and ASN Nursery are delighted to have taken delivery of their new Sunshine Coach. 

“We regularly use the minibus to take part in Forest Kindergarten experiences, visit the local cafe and to visit museums, shops and parks as relevant to the topics that the children are learning.  

“Our new minibus will be a fantastic asset to our service and allow us to provide these broad educational and social experiences for all the children who use our service,” she added.