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Mundford Pre-school thanks supporters after vandalism




The manager of a Mundford pre-school has thanked the community after its forest school was vandalised and a fund-raising page to help rebuild it raised four times its target.

The damage that happened near to Mundford Pre-school, in St Leonards Street, was discovered on December 16 and saw the forest school’s canopy torn down and slashed several times, stepping stones smashed into bits as well as the site’s shed badly damaged with all its contents thrown everywhere.

But only 24 hours after a fund-raising page was put up, the £500 target for the cause had already been reached – twice over.

Amanda Rolph with forest school leader Monique Bull and some of Mundford Pre-school’s childrenPicture by Mark Westley
Amanda Rolph with forest school leader Monique Bull and some of Mundford Pre-school’s childrenPicture by Mark Westley

Manager Amanda Rolph said: “We are a bit overwhelmed by it all, we were not expecting to get that sort of response,

“We only put up the fund-raising page because after we put the pictures of the vandalism on our Facebook page we had people asking how they could donate – we had no idea it would get to the amount it has.”

Fund-raising for the area, which the school has used as a forest school for about 18 months, is currently over the £2,000 mark.

Staff at the pre-school believe the vandalism took place sometime between Sunday, December 15, and the morning of Monday, December 16.
Staff at the pre-school believe the vandalism took place sometime between Sunday, December 15, and the morning of Monday, December 16.

Amanda said the money would go to fully rebuilding it, once they received approval from the village hall committee where the school is based, and that the generosity of money and offers of help to restore it to its former glory had been incredible.

She said: “A massive thank you to everybody and it really means a lot to us that so many people have offered their time and support, it has just taken us aback. It makes us feel like we are a real part of the community and that is really special.

“We love our forest school and the children love being outside, building dens, making mud pies and some said they are sad their forest is broken, hopefully we can put that right soon.”

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