Our ‘Cheryl Cole’ is a community hero for Lenzie Nursery

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A STAR turn who gives up her free time to work with kids in a nursery has been nominated for a Civic Pride campaign award.

Cheryl Davies has demonstrated what it takes to be a real community champion through her volunteer work with Lenzie Nursery.

The 25-year-old, from Lenzie, was a supported pupil at Merkland School, in Kirkintilloch, and had hoped for a career in childcare.

Initially Cheryl tried a college course, but a change of plan saw her take up a volunteer role at Lenzie Nursery.

A spokesperson for the nursery said: “Cheryl’s mum thought it would be good for her to volunteer in the local community to develop her skills and confidence.

“She approached Lenzie Nursery class and asked if Cheryl could work with the staff and children for a few days a week.

“The nursery was delighted to support Cheryl. She loved it so much that she asked to come in five days a week, which she has been doing now for the past two years.”

The dedicated volunteer has become affectionately known as ‘Cheryl Cole’ by the youngsters, who love the time and effort she puts in to enhancing their nursery experience.

Cheryl said: “I like helping out at the nursery and I love working with the children.”

Although Cheryl is helping others, she has herself gained a lot from the experience.

A spokesperson for the nursery said: “Cheryl has gained confidence and a sense of self-esteem by volunteering in her local nursery.

“She has been a huge support to the staff and the parents really appreciate her commitment to the nursery.”

* If you know of an individual or group who should be recognised for the work they do in the community send a nomination to: Civic Pride Initiative, Herald Office, 11 Dalrymple Court, Kirkintilloch, G66 3AA.

E-mail kirkyherald@jnscotland.co.uk

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