Cycle ride helps to keep pre-school open

By Gary Smee 29/03 Updated: 05/04 16:26

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Buy photos » The group have so far raised more than £1,500 for Little Comberton Pre-School. (s)

A VILLAGE pre-school under threat of closure has been given a new lease of life thanks to the fantastic fund-raising efforts of the community.

A group of dads saddled up on Sunday (March 25) to take part in the gruelling Bredon Hill Challenge which consisted of a 25 mile cycle around Bredon Hill followed by a walk up and down the hill while carrying a combined weight of about 20 stone and another bike ride.

Their efforts, which took place in glorious spring sunshine, raised more than £1,500 for Little Comberton Pre-School and has ensured it will remain open for the time being.

Rachael Perkins, fund-raiser for the pre-school and toddler group, said: "Our dads did us proud and raised much needed funds to keep our pre-school from closing.

"We had a glorious sunny day and the atmosphere was brilliant from the start, everyone was really excited about the challenge and enjoyed the experience.

"The finale party in the Queens Pub was fantastic, all the pre-school children playing happily in the playing field whilst the dads enjoyed a much deserved pint!

"We are thrilled to have raised over £1,500 and appreciated all the support that the community have offered. Without the help of all the friends of families of those taking part, we would have never of got near to our target."

The pre-school is looking to raise a total of £2,500. Anyone who would like to donate can log onto

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