On yer bikes!

READY FOR THE OFF Abacus pre-school's Sarah Holland and Sue Parsons with, left to right, Fletcher Ellis, Zac Blandford, Leyton Davies, Lucy Holland and Joseph Carroll enjoying their new balance bikes
READY FOR THE OFF Abacus pre-school's Sarah Holland and Sue Parsons with, left to right, Fletcher Ellis, Zac Blandford, Leyton Davies, Lucy Holland and Joseph Carroll enjoying their new balance bikes

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YOUNGSTERS showed off their new wheels after a business donated £1,000 to help their pre-school buy new toys and equipment.

Children at Abacus Pre-school, in Cosham, Portsmouth, are enjoying six new bikes, along with other learning equipment, after receiving a grant from oil giant ExxonMobil.

The donation was made to recognise the time and effort put into helping run the pre-school by one ExxonMobil employee’s wife, Sarah Holland, who works as a volunteer treasurer.

She said: ‘We are really pleased to have received this generous grant.

‘It has helped the pre-school buy much needed toys and equipment.

‘Abacus is a charity so we fundraise hard to enable us to buy new equipment for the pre-school, so to receive this grant was a real bonus.

‘We have purchased six new balance bikes and light and sensory equipment which the children really enjoy.’

The grant bid was made by Sarah’s husband Steve, who works as a technician in the Fawley refinery, as part of the ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement Programme.

The project has so far given more than £514,000 to community projects during its seven-year history.