A pre-school co-chairman and her personal trainer husband sacrificed their Valentine’s evening to spearhead a 24 hour rowathon in aid of a revamp and extension project.
Kim and Stuart Turner were among 30 people who kept a rowing machine going continuously at Horringer Pre-School - reaching 333.3 km and raising nearly £3,000.
The money will go towards an £18,000 redevelopment of the pre-school with the first phase, due to start in April, including a new sensory room, refurb of the current building, new toilets and flooring, purpose built shelving and double-glazing.
The second phase is a proposed extension with a new kitchen, eating area and office.
Mrs Turner explained said the sensory room is a ‘vital resource for children suffering from disabilities as well as a calm and secure environment for those children needing to take time out on a busy day’.
She said: “Thankyou to everyone who took part and contributed, and to those who have donated to our fund-raising efforts so far.”
Her husband, who rowed more than 50km, added: “It was tough but well worth it and we could not have done it without some massive efforts from the likes of Gavin Fisher, John Hall and Chris Hart.”
The work is planned as a community style development with local tradesmen donating their time and skills.
The next fund-raiser will be a summer soiree in Horringer on June 21.
For more details on the fund-raising effort or about the school contact Mrs Turner on 07557258875.