Cambs Times readers help save pre-school

PUBLISHED: 11:44 11 September 2007 | UPDATED: 23:03 28 May 2010

Presenting the cheque to the pre-school group

Presenting the cheque to the pre-school group

VILLAGERS have rallied to save a pre-school group after reading about its desperate need for funds in the Cambs Times. Benwick Butterflies has been overwhelmed by the support from the community. On Monday a local organisation known as the League of Gentle

VILLAGERS have rallied to save a pre-school group after reading about its desperate need for funds in the Cambs Times.

Benwick Butterflies has been overwhelmed by the support from the community.

On Monday a local organisation known as the League of Gentlemen (LOGs) went along to hand over a donation of £150.

LOG members Malcolm Townsend, Ian Kennington, Kirk Devall, David Caton, Colin Miller, Jin Eglan, John Chelton, Kevin White and Ian Beevor, arrange events in the village throughout the year.

Since its plea for funds, the pre-school has also received a donation of £63 from Kevin White and Gina Tickner of the Five Alls public house in Benwick. They raised the money by holding a quiz.

Villager Denise White has given £50 worth of art supplies and another resident, Janet Copeland, has donated toys which are no longer needed by her own children.

Jenny Fell of the pre-school, said: "I am so overwhelmed by the reaction we have had from the Benwick community. All the donations have been gratefully received. It is truly wonderful to see the local community pull together to give our group some hope."

During the summer holidays pre-school secretary, Suzanne Scarborough, ran a group called Crazy Caterpillars for children in the village and raised £60 for the toddler group.

Staff, parents and committee members will be endeavouring to raise funds for the pre-school over the coming months in a bid to secure its future.

Mrs Fell said: "The response we have had from the local community has been amazing, but we still need help. Anyone who thinks they could help, please contact us. No matter how small you think your donation is, it all helps."

* Anyone who can help the pre-school should contact Jenny on 01354 677848 or at benwickbutterflies@hotmail.co.uk

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