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Brodi’s story in focus on Wrong Trousers Day

Posted on Thursday 8th August 2019 at 9:10 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Brodi (2nd from left) with dad Ryan, sister Taylor and mum Maria.

Children at Abacus Pre-School, based in the Poplar Rooms on North Road, Stoke Gifford, have been wearing their ‘wrong trousers’ in order to raise money for the ‘Grand Appeal’, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.

During the week beginning Monday 10th June, the children made a donation in order to wear some wacky trousers to their pre-school sessions. Throughout the week, the children, as well as the staff, turned up wearing pyjama bottoms, brightly coloured leggings and trousers with a multitude of patterns on them. The donations given, added to money raised at a cake sale at the recent Stoke Gifford Fête, totalled £142.

The Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity is a charity that is very close to the hearts of those at Abacus as one of their own children, Brodi, has unfortunately had to spend a lot of time at the hospital in recent months. Here is Brodi’s story, recounted by his mum, Maria:

“In March 2018 Brodi underwent a full body MRI scan to get answers to a growth in his skull. Results showed Brodi has a condition called a Chiari Malformation; this is where the base of the brain (cerebellum) is descending into the spinal canal reducing the flow of CSF fluid to the brain.”

“Some adults and children can live with this condition and never experience any symptoms or need for intervention, however, on 10th November 2018 Brodi woke in the night crying with head pain and being sick, he had also lost all feeling in his legs. After numerous tests and scans at the wonderful Bristol Children’s hospital it was apparent Brodi had a large build-up of fluid within his brain. The doctors were quick to react and Brodi had a shunt insertion to reduce the pressure of the build-up. After a 2 week stay in hospital Brodi was allowed home to continue his recovery.”

More: Events at all Abacus settings raised a total of £256 »

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Budding bookworms at Stoke Gifford Pre-School

Posted on Tuesday 9th July 2019 at 9:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a Bookstart Pyjamarama event taking place at Abacus Pre-School, led by a volunteer from Stoke Gifford Community Library.

Jackie Day, from Stoke Gifford Community Library, recently visited the children at Abacus Pre-School to celebrate National Bookstart Week, now known as Pyjamarama. The week, which is dedicated to celebrating the magic of reading for children, ran from 3rd to 9th June and Jackie visited Abacus on Thursday 6th. She read the group of excited children two stories: ‘Lucie Goose’ by Danny Baker and ‘Car, Car, Truck, Jeep’ by Katrina Charman, a copy of which was then given to each of the children.

Pyjamarama is part of Bookstart which is the world’s first national book gifting programme and has been running for over 25 years. It aims to promote and encourage families to share books, stories and rhymes as early as possible and is based on the simple premise that children who have an early introduction to books and are read to every day, benefit educationally, culturally, socially and emotionally. Bookstart has two packs; Bookstart Baby which is gifted from 0-12 months, predominantly through health visitors and Bookstart Treasure which is gifted at 3-4 years of age, through libraries, pre-schools and nurseries.

The community library, which is located in the mezzanine above the Old School Rooms Coffee Shop, has helped to distribute the Bookstart Treasure pack to pre-school-aged children across Stoke Gifford. Jackie said:

“It was a privilege to read to the children at the Abacus nursery; stories are fun, help develop language and, hopefully, a love of books.  It was also a good opportunity to advertise our local community library.”

Kirsty Goodman, manager at Abacus Pre-School Stoke Gifford (based at the Poplar Rooms in North Road), said:

“A huge thank you to Jackie from the community library for giving up her time to come and read a story for our children. Jackie involved the children with the story and grasped their attention on the first page encouraging them to join in with repeated phrases. One child said: “My brother read my book to me at bedtime.”

More: Free Pyjamarama books are available from community library »

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