A new playhouse at a fire-hit Guiseley school has received top marks from children and teachers alike.
The colourful piece of playground equipment has been donated to Guiseley Primary Pre-School by the local branch of Manning Stainton. This follows an arson attack at the school during the summer holidays which destroyed toys and equipment valued at £4,500.
An appeal immediately after the incident asking for replacement toys was co-ordinated by Early Years Educator Level 3 student Jenny Hayres and had an amazing response, with literally hundreds of items being donated from parents and members of the local community. All the toys were dropped off and stored at the Guiseley branch of Manning Stainton.
Head teacher Maxine Bell says: ‘We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the people of Guiseley. I also want to pay special tribute to Jenny Hayres who has been the driving force throughout and also Zoe Lowe, Helen Milliopollis and Katrina Goldsmith for all their help and hard work.’
The majority of the toys went straight into the school’s Gold class, while some were sold at a special sale at The Station pub. This raised £232, with the money being used to buy a new dressing-up stand.
Mrs Bell adds: ‘Seeing the children playing with all the toys, the new dressing up stand and the playhouse is proof that a very sad episode has had a happy ending. It is easy to think that community spirit is a thing of the past, but this exercise has shown it is definitely alive and kicking.’
Clare Frieze, Manager at the Manning Stainton branch on The Green in Guiseley comments: ‘As a company we pride ourselves on having a strong association with the local community which is why we were so keen to contribute to this initiative.’
The Guiseley branch of Manning Stainton is open seven days a week and the team is ready to take customer calls from 8am-8pm every day. It is one of 19 Residential Sales and Lettings branches across West and North Yorkshire helping people move.