Kids’ ‘fairy’ house hit by vandalism

Sue Dursley by the Fairy House at Brooklyn Day Nursery, Forest House, Derby Road, Annesley which has been vandalised

Sue Dursley by the Fairy House at Brooklyn Day Nursery, Forest House, Derby Road, Annesley which has been vandalised

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The owner of an Annesley day nursery says she has been overwhelmed by the support of parents after vandals trashed an outdoor play area.

Vandals climbed over the fence of the Brooklyn Day Nursery, on Derby Road, sometime on Sunday night, destroying the walls of a ‘fairy’ house, smashing children’s slides and kicking through the fencing around a ‘mud-kitchen’ area.

Owner Sue Dursley said ‘everything was upside down’ when staff discovered the damage, adding: “I do think it’s disgusting. But the messages and offers of help and the kindness and support have been more overwhelming than the damage.

“We were devastated. One little girl said: ‘Where will our fairies play now? I bet they were frightened.’

“We didn’t want the children to find out about it - but word got out. I don’t think they need to know there are people who are willing to do that sort of thing. They are too young.”

The nursery was founded by Sue’s dad, Eric Hall, in 1958.

She estimates around £300 of damage was done, but the response from parents has been ‘phenomenal’. She said: “We have got a fantastic team of parents.

“One of the dads got rid of all the rubbish and they are now collecting two-litre plastic bottles to repair the walls of the fairy house.”

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