05:01AM, Wednesday 28 March 2012
A not-for-profit Maidenhead nursery which helps people into work celebrated its 15th anniversary on Friday .
Braywick Heath Nurseries was opened on March 24, 1997 by the Prince of Wales and then mayor Adrienne Sheldon. Mrs Sheldon returned to the nursery and joined Royal Borough mayor Cllr Asghar Majeed for the celebrations and a tea party.
Founder and chairman Robin Pemberton said: "We were delighted to celebrate with both. We feel immensley proud for providing employment and training, and a place for people who would find the open market difficult without intermediary steps."
The mayor handed out long-service certificates to the people who work there, which have numbered 800 over the years.
The nursery has suffered repeated break-ins but Robin said: "We're very pleased that we're still going in spite of very difficult circumstances."
He said the nursery embodied the concept of the Big Society before the term was invented and urged the community to support the enterprise.
He added: "A lot of people still don't know we're here and we need more customers to support people in the community."
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