Jayden, 6, scoots off with top prize

Jayden Carr with Florence Nightingale Hospice's Ruth Early
Jayden Carr with Florence Nightingale Hospice's Ruth Early

A Thomas Hickman pupil has won a scooter after raising the most money in the Florence Nightingale Scootathlon.

Jayden Carr, six, was the lucky winner of a fantastic scooter worth £50 courtesy of Indigo Scooters, Duck Farm Court after scooping the prize for raising the most sponsorship money for his recent Florrie’s Scootathlon challenge.

The challenge saw him complete a 400m scoot, 400m cycle and a 250m run at Stoke Mandeville Stadium last month.

Jayden raised £258 for taking part in the sporty children’s scootathlon event (the highest amount of sponsorship raised by an entrant), which helps raise funds for the Florrie’s Children’s Team, who visit sick children and their families in the familiarity of their own home.

To add to Jayden’s fundraising efforts, local company MA Assist, Gatehouse Way, have doubled this amount – making a grand total of £516.

Commenting on the event, Ruth Early of Florence Nightingale Hospice said: “We must say a very big thank you to all our Florrie’s Scootathlon entrants and their families for coming along to support them in their fundraising challenge and for raising vital funds for our Florrie’s Team.

“It truly was an amazing day and you certainly proved the Olympic legacy is going strong in Aylesbury!”

She added: “A big well done to Jayden for raising the most sponsorship money of all our entrants, and a huge thank you to MA Assist and to Indigo Scooters for kindly donating such a fantastic prize – one very happy boy! Plans are currently underway to bring Florrie’s Scootathlon back for 2014 so watch this space.”

The Florrie’s Children’s Team look after 48 families across Aylesbury Vale and surrounding areas. This service is fully funded by the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) at a cost of over £100,000 a year.

If you would like to support Florrie’s, a special event is taking place at Waterside Theatre next month on Sunday 7th July. The Susan Diane School of Dance is hosting a ‘Splash of Colour’ in aid of the children’s team - a dance show spectacular.

Tickets are available via the Waterside Box Office on 0844 871 7607. Then on Friday 26th July, children’s popular entertainer Colonel Custard will be at Broughton Junior School, 11am-3pm, as part of the annual Florrie’s Family Fun Day – a free event with bouncy castles, arts & crafts, outdoor activities and a children’s tombola – simply a ‘must’ for every child (and parent!) at the start of the school summer holidays.