A GROUP of nurseries is supporting the city charity set up in memory of one of its former pupils.

Little Lodge Nursery youngsters did a step challenge for Stevie Stones while older fundraisers headed for a higher altitude with a wing walk challenge.

The combined efforts raised just under £9,000 in total.

Nursery regional manager Rosemary McNamara, whose partner Glen Brookes did the wing walk, said: “In 2021 we tragically suffered the passing of one of our pre-school children Stevie (Graham).

“Her parents (Naomi and Barri Graham) have since gone on to turn such a horrendous event into helping other families who have suffered the same tragedy and launched Stevie Stones which helps families provide headstones for the children’s resting areas.

“Each year as a nursery we support this charity which is so close to our hearts.

“This year we involved our children in raising money and doing our own Stevie Steps where children gained sponsors to walk as many steps as they could. We walked into spring.

“Between both our sites (at Worcester and Bransford) we raised a fantastic £1,800, leading to my partner participating in their now annual, daredevil experience.

“In April eight of Stevie’s parents — close friends — took to the skies for a charity wing walk.

“Between the eight wing walkers they raised an amazing £7,000!”

The wing walk challenge at Rendcomb Airfield, Cirencester, required two attempts due to the weather.

It proved to be a success with a large pool of supporters helping to cheer on the intrepid volunteers.

The charity anticipates it will become a permanent fixture.

The aim of Stevie Stones is to ensure all parents have access to funding to provide a headstone for their child and alleviate financial stress in the most difficult of circumstances.

For more on the charity, contact hello@steviestones.co.uk or visit steviestones.co.uk.