Mystery donation of £25k to Lympstone Pre-school

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 March 2016

Lympstone Pre-school chairman Susan Briggs, Vicki Drinkwater, teacher Hayley Reynolds, Cllr Kathy Rogers, playleader Caronline Armstrong and past and present pupils.

Lympstone Pre-school chairman Susan Briggs, Vicki Drinkwater, teacher Hayley Reynolds, Cllr Kathy Rogers, playleader Caronline Armstrong and past and present pupils.

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A kind-hearted mysterious benefactor is set to donate £25,000 to help Lympstone Pre-school in its ongoing battle to stay open.

The preschool, which currently uses a room in the village hall, has been given £3,000 by Lympstone Parish Council to allow it to keep running until summer 2017, but unless a permanent solution is found by then, it will face closure.

District and parish councillor Rob Longhurst broke the windfall news at a meeting of Lympstone Parish Council.

Cllr Longhurst has previously told the Journal he was confident that, of the £250,000 needed to keep the pre-school running, £150,000 could be raised through grants. That leaves a shortfall of £100,000, which is being sought from the community.

Cllr Longhurst, speaking at the meeting, said: “We have a wealthy donor who plans to donate £25,000 to the pre-school. I have another donor who is prepared to donate a smaller amount and another person who may donate next year.

“I have always said I wanted to approach local people and businesses before approaching the National Lottery and saying ‘we have got £100,000, please match it’.”

Practice manager Vicki Drinkwater reacted with delight to the news and said the ‘heartwarming’ donation was a ‘massive boost’ in the pre-school’s fight to stay open.


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