Toys bring joy to children in flooded area

HELP From left, Flt Lt Lee Walker, deputy supervisor at Hambledon Pre-School Becky Lansley, Luke Wilkins, two, Devon Plenty, two, PR ambassador for Sainsburys Andrea Gilkerson-Pooley, Florence Stewart, three, Hambledon Pre-School supervisor Emily Bone, Sophia Bovey, three and Sainsbury's team leader Matt Dallman in West Street, Hambledon, with some of the goodies brought to the village. Picture: Sarah Standing (14555-3590)
HELP From left, Flt Lt Lee Walker, deputy supervisor at Hambledon Pre-School Becky Lansley, Luke Wilkins, two, Devon Plenty, two, PR ambassador for Sainsburys Andrea Gilkerson-Pooley, Florence Stewart, three, Hambledon Pre-School supervisor Emily Bone, Sophia Bovey, three and Sainsbury's team leader Matt Dallman in West Street, Hambledon, with some of the goodies brought to the village. Picture: Sarah Standing (14555-3590)
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A RAY of sunshine was brought to children who have struggled through the floods to get to school.

Sainsbury’s in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, with the help of The News, arranged for a host of treats to be delivered to Hambledon, including colouring books, pens, toys, and games.

The store brought items the village really needs during the floods, including torches, batteries, gloves, candles and doormats.

Children’s faces lit up as the team from the supermarket arrived yesterday.

Andrea Gilkerson-Pooley, Sainsbury’s PR ambassador, said: ‘We were told we could help out with localised flooding, so I asked our store manager if we could help the people of Hambledon.

‘We have helped out with stuff for the schools, like colouring stuff, food, first aid stuff, torches, batteries and candles for the villagers.’

She added: ‘It’s really eye-opening.

‘It’s heart-breaking to see how much flooding is in the area.’

Emily Bone, 35, supervisor of Hambledon Pre-school, said: ‘It’s brilliant.

‘The children are going to love it because most of them have been stuck indoors and not been able to get out.’

Bella Birdwood, a parish councillor, said: ‘It’s fantastic.

‘Children from the pre-school and school have had to struggle in and out every day. Both they and their parents have to walk from outside the village and it’s beginning to take its toll. This will really cheer them up. It’s like Father Christmas coming!’

Cllr Birdwood also wanted to thank Lotts General Store, The People’s Market and The Vine pub, which have helped during the crisis.

But, with another property’s ground floor flooding yesterday, she said residents were getting weary.

She added: ‘There are some elderly people who have not been out for seven weeks.’