Deep dismay at creche damage

Sandy Brae Centre - damage at the creche garden surveyed by Angela McVey and Cheryl Watson (picture by FPA)
Sandy Brae Centre - damage at the creche garden surveyed by Angela McVey and Cheryl Watson (picture by FPA)
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Vandals have struck at a community creche garden in Kennoway, depriving local pre-school children of fun and play.

The garden at the Happy Faces Creche, which was created by a Princes’ Trust group, fell victim to a bout of wanton destruction, which has wrecked not only equipment but also the twice-weekly morning play times for around 15 youngsters.

It’s just so disheartening, because it’s for kids

Cheryl Watson

The culprits struck at Sandy Brae on the evening of Friday, March 20, damaging a shed, a wall and a sandpit, while leaving broken glass scattered about.

Creche worker Cheryl Watson explained the group was a non-profit association which relied heavily on finance from the likes of Awards for All and Lottery funding to keep going.

“It’s just so disheartening, because it’s for kids,” she said, adding parents had suffered too because their children were not getting out.

The whole community had helped the creche, added Cheryl, and the whole incident, rare though it was, showed a lack of respect.

Tuesday/Thursday visits for the children have been shelved pending repairs.