Berry Brow youngsters can play out safely – thanks to Examiner Wish Campaign success.
Even the local milkman rolled up his sleeves to help collect tokens for Berry Brow pre-school and playgroup, by delivering leaflets on his daily rounds.
Their efforts paid off, after the group, based at Newsome South Methodist Church, finished second in 2012, by collecting 22,056 tokens to receive £523.
Leader Sadie Hayes said: “We used the money to pay for fencing to create an extra outdoor play area at the front of the church.
“It has made a huge difference, especially in winter, because we can now let the children play outdoors a bit more.”
The pre-school – set up more than 25 years ago – takes 24 children in each session, aged two to five.
It opens everyday from 8.45am to 3.15pm, apart from Wednesdays when it closes at 12.15pm to make way for a parent and toddler group from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
Sadie added: “We try to set a goal each year and one of the things was the outdoor play area.
“The money helped us progress it a bit last year and we hope to raise even more this year to create some raised beds to get the children interested in growing and even pay for a shed.”
The pre-school will be turning to milkman David Hayes again for back up to once more receive a share of the ï¿½25,000 Examiner Wish Fund being divided among local community organisations.
Sadie, who is married to milkman David, said: “His customers in Berry Brow and Newsome did really well collecting for us last year.
“He’ll be sending out leaflets again and we really hope people continue to support us.”
Registration is now open for our new Wish campaign.
With places restricted to 150 this year groups are urged to act quickly to sign up.
Registration closes on September 18 and all those groups accepted for registration are then sure to share a slice of the ï¿½25,000 up for grabs.
For full information and terms and conditions please visit www.examiner.co.uk/wish