McDonald's branch makes Preston nursery children happy with free meals

A branch of popular fast-food chain McDonald's has given Preston nursery children an Easter treat.

By Jessica Hubbard
Monday, 29th March 2021, 7:00 am

A branch of popular fast food chain McDonald's has given Preston nursery children an Easter treat.

Children at The Rainbow Nursery, Brookfield enjoyed Happy Meals for lunch on Friday (March 26).

Barkha Rani, who runs the nursery, said: “We have lots of children who are vulnerable and underprivileged.

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McDonald's supervisor Alexander Chattaway

“During the lockdown, most of the children stayed at nursery as there was no other place for them to enjoy and be entertained.

“While working closely with these children, we found that they missed McDonald’s Happy Meals the most.”

Barkha messaged a McDonald’s director and local franchisee, Lisa Dunnington, to organise a special lunch.

Lisa was happy to help and agreed to provide the Happy Meals for free.

McDonald's employee Kathryn Ashurst with lots of Happy Meal boxes at lunch time

“I really wasn’t really expecting her to give out these meals for free,” said Barkha, “I just wanted to make it special with some balloons and other things.

“She has been very kind and offered this as a treat.”

Lisa Dunnington, who has been working with McDonald’s for more than 20 years with husband Nigel, said: “Quite simply we are part of the community and anything that helps underprivileged children is a priority for me.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to support our local community at H&S restaurants McDonald's, at every opportunity we try to support local initiatives.

Children from The Rainbow Nursery, Preston were given free McDonald's Happy Meals for lunch. Pictured is Harry Jackson, Nijikeng Achaleke and Raeesa Beg, all aged 4. Photo: Daniel Martino.

“We’re thrilled to have been able to provide some Happy Meals to the children of The Rainbow Nursery.”

Alex Chattaway, McDonald’s supervisor, said: “It has been a challenge during the lockdown for many of us.

“At McDonald's we’ve been working hard supporting our local areas by providing a bite to eat throughout lockdown.

“It was a great opportunity for us to be able to connect and support the local nursery.

4-year-old Harry Jackson stands in front with some of the children and staff from Rainbow Nursery. Photo: Daniel Martino.

I hope the children enjoyed their happy meals, we hope to see them all again soon in one of our restaurants!”

Rainbow Nursery child with their Happy Meal. Photo: Daniel Martino.