Preschool seeks support of ‘kindest village in Britain’ to fund repairs

Congresbury Community Preschool needs to raise more than £10k for a new roof.

Congresbury Community Preschool needs to raise more than £10k for a new roof. - Credit: Archant

A Congresbury preschool, which is an ‘integral part of the village’ and provides invaluable care to children as they take their first steps in education, needs thousands of pounds to ensure its base is fit for purpose.

Congresbury Community Preschool, based at St Andrew’s Primary School, must replace the roof of its cabin after years of wear and tear, and is calling for donations from the people of the ‘kindest village in Britain’.

The preschool has been running for 27 years, with thousands of youngsters passing through its doors, and it needs to raise £6,500 to ensure it can continue serving Congresbury.

The cash will be used to refurbish the cabin it uses for children aged one to two, with a short-term fix in place to ensure it can remain open in the meantime.

Deputy manager Rachel Burford said: “The preschool has been an integral part of village life for more than 25 years, providing early-years education to thousands of children from our community.

“In order to continue to flourish we need to ensure our beloved cabin is fit for purpose but unfortunately it requires major maintenance which needs addressing imminently.

“In 2016 Congresbury made national news and was quoted as ‘the kindest village in Britain’ after the Love Congresbury random acts of kindness campaign.

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“The preschool is putting this to the test and we are asking for your help.

“If you are able to donate your time to help with maintenance, or are able to offer financial assistance, we would love to hear from you.”

Staff are plotting fundraisers to cover the repair bill, and an online funding plea has already been backed to the tune of £750.

The preschool was facing a larger repair bill, with the cabin’s windows also needing to be replaced, but Congresbury-based firm Brorn Windows stepped in to help.

Ms Burford added: “Brorn Windows has kindly donated its time and resources to fully refurbish the cabin windows and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the firm for its generosity.”

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