Hitchin youngsters on the grid with Stevenage’s Lewis Hamilton to give homeless charity a head start

Children and staff at York Road Nursery celebrate National Woolly Hat Day

Children and staff at York Road Nursery celebrate National Woolly Hat Day - Credit: Archant

Tots in Hitchin lined up on the grid with racing world champ Lewis Hamilton on Friday to get a head start on a fundraising push.

Children at York Road Nursery celebrate National Woolly Hat Day

Children at York Road Nursery celebrate National Woolly Hat Day - Credit: Archant

More than 100 pupils at York Road nursery school joined staff to support National Woolly Hat Day – now in its sixth year – in aid of homeless and housing charity St Mungo’s.

Lewis contributed a signed baseball cap to the cause, which fetched £455 at an online auction, while contributions from the pupils added another £86 to the total.

Headteacher Diane Frainer said: “It was a really successful fun day. There were all sorts of colourful hats – green monsters, hobbits and many homemade knitted ones.

“It is the first time we have participated in the event and it definitely won’t be the last.

Children at York Road Nursery celebrate National Woolly Hat Day

Children at York Road Nursery celebrate National Woolly Hat Day - Credit: Archant


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“It’s a great example of children, staff and parental engagement – working together to raise awareness.”

St Mungo’s, which previously operated the North Herts Sanctuary in Nightingale Road now run by Stevenage Haven, provides a bed and support every night to more than 2,500 people who are either homeless or at risk in London and the south.

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