Dads help secure village pre-school’s future

A VILLAGE pre-school’s future is secure following a terrific fund-raising campaign – spearheaded by dads.

Organisers of Little Comberton Pre-School feared for its future when lack of funds and small numbers of children put its future in doubt.

But in the last few months a major fund-raising campaign by parents and supporters has meant the pre-school’s future is looking a lot brighter, with more children due to join the 10-strong pre-school in September.

The biggest fund-raiser was the Bredon Hill Challenge on March 25th, which involved various dads and supporters cycling 25 miles around Bredon Hill twice and carrying the combined weight of all the children at the pre-school to the top of the hill.

That event raised £1,400, and that was followed by a ‘Boogie Nights’ disco which brought in over £300 while schoolboy Oly Austin completed a sponsored trampoline which raised nearly £300 for his little sister‘s pre-school.

Pre-school chairman Alison Mackay said: “We’ve done it, but we’ve still got some more fund-raising to do. We are quite pleased with ourselves really. We have a fairly secure future for the next few years.”

The long-term plan is for the pre-school – which currently meets at Little Comberton Village Hall – to eventually move to a portable building in the grounds of Elmley Castle First School where it would be able to offer more extensive facilities such as breakfast and after-school clubs.

Alison added: “That will cost £30,000 to £40,000 so we are going to start getting planning permission and raising funds for that.”


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