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Harbour Bears Pre-School in Larne is continuing to seek support for the renovation of their new premises.
| An Article from the Larne Times Newspaper By Helena McManus Monday, 28th September 2020, 3:20 pm |
The project has been ongoing for several years since the pre-school, currently based in rented accommodation at the Curran Bowling Club pavilion, purchased the old scout hall on Curran Road. Community donations and a number of successful fundraisers allowed the group to undertake significant work on the exterior of the building. However, like many other charities, their efforts have been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Pre-school leader, Fiona McKinley explained: “Since our 50th anniversary in 2018, we were able to get a lot of work done outside the building: new PVC cladding, guttering and fascia, as well as fencing to secure the site. There were four big fundraisers organised for earlier in the year but when Covid hit, we had to close and they had to be cancelled.
“The hall is still in need of significant interior refurbishment, including plumbing and electrical work. People drive by [the hall] and see the work that has been done to the outside, and many of them think we have actually moved in,” said Fiona. But there’s still a lot of work that needs done on the inside and that’s our priority.”
“We have had great support so far and a couple of very generous donations. There have also been local companies who have kindly offered to do things like plastering free of charge,” Fiona added. “Covid is the biggest thing that is stopping us at the moment, even when it comes to applying for grants. But we understand that it’s difficult for everyone, and there are other charities who are working with children who are maybe seriously ill, who have even more need. Our committee will be trying to think of creative ways we can raise some money as soon as we are able, but in the meantime we appreciate any support, however small.”
If you can help with the project, please contact the Harbour Bears Pre-School Fundraising page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harbourbearsfundraising
everyone who donated and supported our 12 Hour Static Cycle in Lusty’s Centra. Thank you to all our cyclists for giving up your time and to Lusty’s Centra for allowing us to use their shop for our fundraiser. We raised a fantastic £965.42 towards our New Building Project.
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