Grand Finale of the Busy Bees Torch Relay
Busy Bees Nursery celebrated the finale of their Golden Mile Relay as their cuddly versions of a giant bee and torch arrived in town for the last leg of their 136 day tour of their nurseries across the UK.
Busy Bees at ExCel celebrated the Busy Bees torch relay in style with a party full of fun and games for everyone who attended. Children, parents and staff enjoyed the day being entertained by stilt walkers, balloon modelling, bouncy castle, face painters, plus lots more.
The grand finale was attended by special guests Olympic Swimmer Duncan Goodhew, Karl Fox and Ben Thompson from Golden Mile Premier Sports, Busy Bees founder, Marg Randles, and of course staff, children and their families from the Busy Bees nursery.
Children presented special guest Duncan Goodhew with cards they had made, to send good luck messages to Team GB.
Children ran a few laps of their Golden Mile with Duncan, who then presented each of the children with their own medals to celebrate their fantastic achievement. Afterwards, the children had the chance to have their photo taken with Duncan and his Gold Medal which he won in 1980 in the Men’s 100 metre Breaststroke Final.
Over the last 136 days, children, parents and staff have been spending their days getting ‘up’ and ‘active’ in order to raise money for the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust.
This was the climax of a national event spread over 136 working days incorporating 136 Busy Bees nurseries and over 11,500 children aged 2-5 across the UK.
Busy Bees combined a commemorative Olympics theme with a physical activity programme called the Golden Mile in order to promote healthy living and raise awareness of their fund-raising initiative – a pledge to raise £44,000 for the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust.
Since the beginning of January a child-friendly Bee-themed torch has made its way around 136 Busy Bees Nurseries across the UK. An array of sports personalities and Paralympic champions have been supporting the nurseries at various stages of the journey, including Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic Sailor Hugh Styles, and Paralympic 800m and 1500m runner Tim Prendagast, as well as over 30 Mayors across England.
The Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust is a charity which gives disadvantaged young children the chance to realise their dreams through inspirational guidance from Paralympic, World and Commonwealth champions.
Olympic Gold Medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes, said: “I’m thrilled that Busy Bees nurseries have decided to support my charity, the DKH Legacy Trust, with the Golden Mile. It’s fantastic that young children are being encouraged to take up an active and healthy lifestyle and their support will really help us to create life chances for more young children.”