‘Dear Santa – help save our pre-school’

Wendy Dover and Susan Larham with Ryan Thomas, Haydn Adcock, Isaac Day, Harvey Fitch and Carter Wray at Cinder Ash pre school, Long Sutton.
Wendy Dover and Susan Larham with Ryan Thomas, Haydn Adcock, Isaac Day, Harvey Fitch and Carter Wray at Cinder Ash pre school, Long Sutton.
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Santa will receive a special wish from children in Long Sutton this year – to help save their pre-school.

The two to five-year-olds who meet in Cinder Ash park are sending a letter to the big man because their parents fear without help the group will have to close.

Chairman Nicola Cooper said: “Because of where we are I really think we have been forgotten.

“But we are a charity and need local support to survive.

“It’s such a lovely group we would hate it to close. Three of my four children have been there and I want my fourth to go too.”

Founded in 1973, Cinder Ash Pre-School now has a purpose-built hall that was handed over to the group in 1996 but is in need of some modernisation.

It is run by a committee of parent volunteers and fully-qualified paid staff and caters for up to 24 children.

Nicola said: “We haven’t got anywhere near that at the moment. We’ve been busy launching a website and upgrading our logo so we can promote ourselves but it’s been really tough.”

Vice-chairman Rebecca Thomas said: “We know it’s worth fighting for and we are hoping local businesses will give us a helping hand.”

Last month, they raised £194 at a sponsored bug hunt and held a disco that raised £88. Their Christmas party is planned for Saturday, December 21, when they are expecting a visit from Santa.

Local parish councillor Jack Tyrell said: “I am sorry to hear the pre-school is struggling. I’d like to invite the volunteers to tell us what they need.

“Some of our members are in business so we know how tough it is out there. But we may be able to help in some way and we would certainly like to.”