TWO nursery workers last week tackled an 11-hour commute to raise funds for their young pupils.
Suzanne Hardy and John Hall completed a 35-mile sponsored walk from Market Drayton to their workplace, Guilden Sutton Day Nursery.
The pair planned the hike in only three weeks after deciding the nursery gardens needed a makeover.
“Everybody here has been behind us, it’s not just been the two of us,” said Suzanne, from Parkgate.
John, from Blacon, added: “The first 16 miles weren’t too bad, but it was harder work after that.
“We have very achy feet,” added Suzanne.
“John did ask me to carry him at one point.”
The walkers hit the road at 5.45am, setting off along the Shropshire Union Canal via Nantwich to Bunbury.
The route then took them past Beeston Castle and through Waverton and Christleton.
Nursery owners Pat Mitchell and Lesley Stone treated the pair to a drink en route at the Cheshire Cat in Christleton.
“There aren’t many staff who would do something like that for their employer and not ask for anything back,” said Pat.
“To get up and do this is quite amazing.”
John and Suzanne reached the nursery in late afternoon and were greeted by cheering parents and children.
The money raised is still being counted but is hoped to be about £500. It will be used to landscape the nursery lawn, create a sensory shrubbery and wicker teepees, so children can make use of the garden in all weather.