Playgroup kids get £1,000 boost

GRAND GESTURE -- Stephanie Haigh (left) presents the �1,000 cheque to children of the Papplewick Pre-School Playgroup. Also pictured are fellow ladies' group members Barbara Smith (seated right) and Margaret Passey (second right), plus playgroup supervisor Kelly Wright and playgroup chairman Russell Smith -- DISPIC NHUD 11-1656-1.

GRAND GESTURE -- Stephanie Haigh (left) presents the �1,000 cheque to children of the Papplewick Pre-School Playgroup. Also pictured are fellow ladies' group members Barbara Smith (seated right) and Margaret Passey (second right), plus playgroup supervisor Kelly Wright and playgroup chairman Russell Smith -- DISPIC NHUD 11-1656-1.

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BEAMING youngsters celebrated with representatives of Papplewick Pre-School playgroup as they accepted a cheque for £1,000 from members of the Linby and Papplewick Village Ladies group.

The money was raised after various fundraising activities, which included quiz nights, ferret race nights and summer parties in the two villages.

The fundraising group was set up 23 years ago and has raised more than £50,000 for various charities.

The pre-school playgroup will use the cash to buy a new computer trolley and climbing frame.

The cheque presentation was another reason for celebrations at the playgroup after a recent OFSTED inspection when inspectors found it to be offering a good service overall.