Playgroup unveils its new-look home

Playgroup has had a makeover thanks to Courier campaign to get it sorted.'Picured are Kelly Sheriff and Jane Harrison in the new kitchen
Playgroup has had a makeover thanks to Courier campaign to get it sorted.'Picured are Kelly Sheriff and Jane Harrison in the new kitchen
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A PLAYGROUP has had a remarkable transformation after a community rallied to help refurbish the room where it meets.

The hall used by Luddenden Valley Under Fives at Luddenden Foot Civic Institute was last year run-down and the group was struggling to survive in it.

But after its plight featured in the Courier’s Get It Sorted campaign, it was inundated with donations and offers of help.

Jane Harrison, one of the volunteers who run the charity group, said: “It looks fantastic. The first day we opened we were so busy and all the kids loved it.”

Paint was donated by Craig Andrews, of Solar Express, Hebden Bridge, and put to use by artist Fulga Paduraru in some colourful murals.

A new kitchen was provided by Howdens and fitted by Keith Wilde, Nick Bratley of NP Joinery fitted radiator grilles, and carpet tiles were donated by Peter Edwards and InterfaceFLOR in Shelf.

Labour was also provided by a West Yorkshire Probation community payback team, and West Yorkshire Police’s community fund gave £250 for a zebra crossing area and road-safety themed play equipment

Mrs Harrison also thanked Damien Priestly, Ray Jackson, Mary Clear, Paul Firth and Tracey Ambler-Vinco at Calderdale Council, Andrew and Heather Hartwell from Luddenden Foot United Reformed Church, Jill Smith Moorhouse of the Ludendenfoot Community Association and Martin and Louise of the Old Brandy Wine Pub.

She said: “Everyone’s support has been phenomenal, it’s been quite moving actually and we have been really overwhelmed by their generosity.”