A CHILDREN’S nursery in Shipston has been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of its local community after its toys were stolen.
Greenfields Nursery was left devastated after its outdoor storage was broken into and outdoor toys were taken.
Everything from scooters to ride-on tractors and cars were taken, and the storage facility at the in Mayo Road nursery left damaged.
Parents have now joined together to replace the items, generously donating even more than was taken.
The community has also raised more than £1,000 for the nursery and the neighbouring rugby club which was also targeted.
The nursery, owned by Lesley Tavener and Pam McGuinness, remained open for the children of keyworkers during the lockdown period.
It has now re-opened to all families following the easing of government restrictions and has filled most of its available spaces.
Lesley said: “Myself, Pam and everyone at the nursery were devastated when our outdoor storage was broken into, but we’ve been absolutely blown away by the whole community.
“Our parents have been especially fantastic, donating both used and brand-new toys, but we’ve also had donations from people we didn’t even know, which is amazing.
“The money raised by people living across the area is also truly heart-warming.
“Shipston has a real community atmosphere, it’s incredibly special and everyone has been so supportive – we really can’t thank them enough.”
Jo Barker, Stratford district councillor for Shipston South and Warwickshire county councillor for Shipston, visited the nursery to meet with some of the staff and children and take part in outdoor activities, including picking courgettes.
She said: “I am so proud of all of the staff at Greenfields for remaining open during the lockdown period for the children of keyworkers, they are a credit to their profession.
“It is incredibly sad to hear that the outdoor storage was broken into, but the nursery is such a big part of the community so it is no surprise that everyone has joined together, going above and beyond to offer their support.
“I’m delighted to see that Greenfields is now once again fully operational, and it is clear that all of the children are incredibly happy to be back.”