Pre-school fundraising boost

PUBLISHED: 10:08 14 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:47 06 May 2010

MP Peter Lilley with the cheque

MP Peter Lilley with the cheque

A fundraising appeal to improve a pre-school s facilities got off to a flying start with a surprise cheque presentation. After unveiling a money chart in the shape of a sunflower, Hitchin MP Peter Lilley received a £4,000 cheque on behalf of Tilehouse Str

A fundraising appeal to improve a pre-school's facilities got off to a flying start with a surprise cheque presentation.

After unveiling a money chart in the shape of a sunflower, Hitchin MP Peter Lilley received a £4,000 cheque on behalf of Tilehouse Street Pre-school from Hitchin Youth Trust.

Pre-school committee member Janet Impey said: "We are absolutely delighted. The Hitchin Youth Trust cheque was a complete surprise and it's really boosted the effort. We are stunned actually."

The official launch on Saturday at Tilehouse Street Baptist Church was attended by around 200 people with almost £500 raised on the day and more money still coming in.

The appeal also received the support of Hitchin-based charity Sound Base, which is producing copies of a special CD of songs by the pre-school children.

With £11,495 - over a quarter of the target of £40,000 - raised so far the pre-school hopes to have a partially covered outdoor play area and a garden, as well as a set of children's toilets, ready for use by thre autumn term.

Janet Impey said: "It will improve the facilities and help the children enormously.

"Even on a drizzly day they will be able to go out and play."

Individuals and businesses interested in supporting the appeal can find out more at www.tilehousestreetpreschool.co.uk

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