Rowlands Castle nursery raises nearly £300 for new slide

OPENING Manager Lorraine Bryant with, from left, Gracie Allen, Isaac Murray and sisters Emily and Abigail Horton.   Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (113476-1)
OPENING Manager Lorraine Bryant with, from left, Gracie Allen, Isaac Murray and sisters Emily and Abigail Horton. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113476-1)
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FUN and games at an open day raised almost £300 to help pay for a nursery’s new slide.

Youngsters and their families enjoyed a bouncy castle, games and a range of stalls at Jigsaw Playschool, Rowlands Castle.

Children there are delighted with their new playground – built in July thanks to a £30,000 grant from Hampshire County Council.

Jigsaw, which is on the site of St John’s CofE Primary, is keen to kit out the outdoor play area so youngsters up to the age of five who use it whenever they like get the most out of the experience.

Leigh Aherne, who works at the playschool, said: ‘It was a brilliant day and we had a great turnout.

‘We are so lucky to have the new playground because it means our children can go outside and play whenever they like.

‘I’ve been here 11 years and when I first heard we’d be getting a new playground I was so excited. It feels like it’s taken a long time to get there, but it’s been worth the wait and the children absolutely love it.’

She added: ‘We raised £266 on our open day which will help replace the slide we have.’