Councillor’s donation helps fund climbing frame

November 26 2018
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Children at First Step preschool are enjoying a new climbing frame, thanks to Thornbury councillor David Chubb.

Mr Chubb donated £650 from his Member Assisted Funding to buy it so that children had something to play on outside. 

First Step’s chair Geoff Chappell said: “This climbing frame is our very own first step as we look to offer our children something outside the four walls of the new building, it gives them a chance to be even more active.”

“We all want to wish a big thank you to David, not just for his contribution in helping us get this amazing new equipment, but for his support through the tough times in completing our new home.” 

The preschool opened its new home in April, after a bumpy start. The building project had been given a £225,000 grant from the Department for Education, with the project committee planning to raise the remainder. But it turned out that the VAT couldn’t be reclaimed, adding another 20% to the cost.  The new, unfinished building was redundant for a while before the committee approached South Gloucestershire Council.  It agreed to finish the project in return for ownership of the building. 

Cllr Chubb said: “It was wonderful to see the Council save the building project earlier this year and it makes me very happy to see so many smiling faces here today. I hope this new equipment will be enjoyed just as much by many children to come. I am really pleased to see my Member Assisted Funding being put to such good use by First Step.”