Children’s thanks for saving the day

Children and staff from St Thomas' Nursery thank YMCA volunteers for putting them up after the fire.
Children and staff from St Thomas' Nursery thank YMCA volunteers for putting them up after the fire.
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IT will take more than the loss of bricks and mortar to get these little ones down.

After a fire ripped through their building, the tots of St Thomas’ Nursery feared they would have nowhere to go.

In fact they had an extended half-term break as staff worked to salvage anything they could from the ruins.

The blaze, sparked by an electrical fault, destroyed most of the contents of the St Annes nursery on February 22.

But salvation came in the form of the town’s YMCA, which offered the use of one of its rooms while a permanent solution was found.

Nursery manager Linda Zeal said: “It’s lovely here; it’s really nice.
“It’s not like being at home, and it will be nice to have our own building again to run as we want, but here at the YMCA is as close as we could possibly get to our own home.

“It’s lovely and warm and the children are happy, which is the main thing.”

St Annes YMCA manager, Gareth Fegan, said the organisation was fortunate to have the facilities St Thomas’ required when it needed them most.

He added: “These facilities are here for the whole community thanks to the support of YMCA members and customers, and we were more than happy to provide them with a setting.”

St Thomas’ has been based in the YMCA’s childcare room, and the children have been able to use Harry’s Indoor Soft Play Centre.

The nursery will continue to meet at the YMCA until next Friday, when they will move into a temporary hut next to St Thomas’ Primary School.

Bosses are meeting this week to discuss the cost of a new nursery, which is expected to be ready for use at the old site for September.

Mrs Zeal said the cost would be met by the nursery’s insurance.

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