Theresa May joined staff and children at a Busy Bees nursery in her constituency for a special walk to launch the second year of Busy Bees’ partnership with Child Bereavement UK.

The MP joined children from Busy Bees, in Hall Place, Maidenhead, along with Busy Bees’ head of external affairs Karen Mackay on a walk around nearby woodland.

At the end of the walk, the children presented Mrs May with flowers and a card, while cheese scones and sausage rolls prepared by the nursery were enjoyed by all.

The UK-wide nursery chain has raised £100,000 for the charity in less than a year and says it will continue to do support the charity’s work in helping families and educating professionals when a baby or child of any age is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

To kick off the second year of funding, Ms McKay is set to take on a trek to Everest Base Camp this month alongside deputy chief academic officer Yvonne Smillie.

Ms McKay said: “This has been an amazing way to celebrate a fantastic year of fundraising and to mark the beginning of another year of raising valuable money for such an important charity.

“We are so glad that Mrs May took time from her busy schedule to join us and the children, so we thank her for her support.

“We are incredibly proud of the money raised so far, thanks to the fantastic effort from our staff, parents and children throughout the UK.

“We hope every penny raised will go a long way in supporting Child Bereavement UK’s work with families and children. Our expedition to Everest Base Camp will be a great way to mark the second year of our partnership.”

Ann Chalmers, chief executive of Child Bereavement UK said: “We’re so grateful to everyone in the Busy Bees community for their amazing efforts. It’s particularly special that this fundraising has come from families and all the wonderful Busy Bees staff.”