Portsmouth nursery’s back at base after flood repairs

BACK IN BUSINESS Staff and children at the YMCA Nursery on Whale Island celebrate after getting back to normal following a flood. Front from left, Suzie Stephenson, George Jagger, Brooklyn Worthington and Millie Davies with staff members Alyson Murray, left, and Aimee Campbell. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13818-1)
BACK IN BUSINESS Staff and children at the YMCA Nursery on Whale Island celebrate after getting back to normal following a flood. Front from left, Suzie Stephenson, George Jagger, Brooklyn Worthington and Millie Davies with staff members Alyson Murray, left, and Aimee Campbell. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13818-1)

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A NURSERY that flooded is back in business at its old base.

The YMCA Nursery Whale Island, on naval base HMS Excellent, was swamped due to a broken dishwasher.

The staff had to shut the nursery for five weeks but managed to find temporary accommodation just one day after the flood.

The naval base provided them with a dining hall that they used as a base but much of the nursery’s equipment was damaged by the water.

It has now reopened back in its old home.

Nursery manager Alison Murray said: ‘There was three inches of water all over the nursery leaving nothing dry.

‘All our soft cushions and foam floor mats soaked up the water making them mouldy and unusable. We had to close the nursery for that day but we worked so hard to ensure we had temporary accommodation.

‘But about £3,000 of our equipment and furniture was damaged so it was hard to get things going again.’

Alison added: ‘We’re so happy to be back here but there is still a lot of work to be done.

‘I have had to give a couple bits of my furniture to the nursery until we can get replacements.

‘But I am just glad that we have been able to move back in and can start slowly getting things back to normal.

‘That’s just what we all want now.’

YMCA Nursery is holding an Easter party to celebrate the reopening of the nursery and to raise money to help replace the damaged equipment.

It is taking place on April 13 at the Compass Rose Pub in Sywell Crescent, Anchorage Park, between 2pm and 4pm.

The nursery aims to raise £2,000 through an Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet competition and a buffet.

Tickets cost £5 for a family of two adults and three children. Call (023) 9254 7182.