A KIND-HEARTED community has turned Good Samaritan to provide support for a preschool group whose equipment was wrecked by vandals.
Susan Rushworth and Jenna Evans, directors of Diggle Dandelions, were shocked when they discovered essential outdoor equipment had been trashed at their pre-school suite at Sam Road.
Jenna, the manager of the site which is attached to Diggle Primary School, said: “We couldn’t believe it.
“The thought of strangers coming into our lovely setting and destroying the things that our children enjoy playing with day in, day out broke our hearts.
“There was about £500 worth of damage. Things had been wrecked and just thrown around the place.
“As a not for profit group, we work tirelessly to provide the best experience and value for our children and the worry crept in as to how we could afford to put this right.”
But when the generous-spirited community heard of their plight, parents, local businesses and residents opened their hearts and rallied to restore the group’s broken dreams.
“It was so remarkable,” said Jenna. “Within a few days the whole community got behind the initiative to restore the outdoor space before the children had time to notice the impact.
“To say that we have been blown away with donations is an understatement,” she declared.
“We’ve had everything from trikes and bikes to miniature cars as well as financial donations which has meant the children have enjoyed exploring all of the new equipment.”
She added: “Everyone at Diggle Dandelions would like to thank the local community for their support in ensuring the children were not impacted from such a sad story.”
Diggle Dandelions, which began in 2013, caters for 32 pre-school children in 2-3 years and 3-5 years groups.
Find out more on their website: www.diggledandelions.org