Arson hit nursery over-awed by help

the destroyed play area
the destroyed play area

Staff at a city nursery say they have been “over-awed” by offers of help after their garden was destroyed by arsonists.

Happylands nursery, at Moorside Infants School on Harrogate Road saw their outdoor play area reduced to ashes in two fires, both started deliberately, over the summer holidays.

However, less than two weeks after the second attack they are almost back to normal after a flood of donations and offers of help, said manager Rosemary Burdass.

“It’s amazing how many people have rung us up and offered things. New Life Church have said they want to donate as much as they can, and a little girl of five saw what had happened and and asked her mum if she could give us her wendy house because she doesn’t use it much.”

Since the fires the pre-school has been given a plastic wendy house and a wooden house like the one they lost, donated by a mum whose own children have grown up, as well as numerous bags of toys.

“It’s lovely and we’ve been over-awed by it. It was a horrible event but so much good has come out of it and we’ll soon be back to normal. It restores your faith in the human race and we’d just like to thank everyone for being so kind,” Mrs Burdass added.

Police are still investigating the attacks, a spokesman confirmed, but so far no arrests have been made.