Preschool urges people to vote in bid to secure £10k grant for disability access

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 September 2017

Students and staff at Lympsham Pre-school and Out-of-School Club, who are hoping to get a £10,000 grant from the One Family Foundation.

Students and staff at Lympsham Pre-school and Out-of-School Club, who are hoping to get a £10,000 grant from the One Family Foundation.

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A North Somerset preschool has launched an urgent appeal for help as it hopes to secure a grant worth thousands of pounds.

Lympsham Preschool has applied to the One Family Foundation for a grant worth £10,000 and the school is encouraging people across the area to support it before voting closes next week.

The school, in Lympsham Road, hopes to secure the money to revamp its rotten disabled access ramp. The ramp, which is made of wood, has been in a state of disrepair for several months.

School administrator Sarah Saxon said: “It is one of our main access points to the preschool and is used by most of our parents and children who require both wheelchair and pushchair access.

“It is falling apart and it probably will not last another winter.

“We want our parents and students to have safe access to our school.”

The preschool was based at the Manor Hall, in Rectory Way, before moving to its permanent home in 2009.

The school, which merged with Lympsham Academy last summer and joined the Wessex Learning Trust, cares for around 120 children across its early years, breakfast, after school and holiday clubs.

Mrs Saxon said: “It would be incredible for people to support us. In this day and age people debate whether it is worth applying for the grant but with the power of the community we could be successful.

“We are up against some tough competition from large community projects in Bristol and further afield so we need all the help we can get.

“If one person can vote and then encourage one or two of their friends to do the same, it would be like a snowball affect and the results could be fantastic.”

Mrs Saxon told the Mercury the school – which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year – would also put some of the money towards an all-weather surface in the school’s playground.

She added: “We recently had our rhyne covered over but as a result the area is now bare. We would like to put £4,000 towards a new surface to allow our children more time outside and more opportunities to play sport and be active.”

Voting will close on Wednesday, click here to cast your vote.

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