AN MP has stepped in to try and help a pre-school that has one year left to try and raise £75,000 for a new building before it is forced to close.
North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen has vowed to do ‘all he can’ to help save St Charles Catholic Pre-School, off Bosworth Road, Measham, as staff and parents continue to battle for its future.
The Mail revealed earlier this year that the pre-school has to find a new site after a routine building survey found that the current mobile building would only last until the middle of next year due to dry rot.
Mr Bridgen is now set to commence talks with North West Leicestershire District Council in a bid to secure the popular pre-school’s future.
He told the Mail: “After speaking to staff and parents and meeting with the children during the visit, I am fully aware of just how important this school is to the local community.
“The building has been functioning as a pre-school for more than 30 years and I hope we can all come together to ensure it lasts.
“The group has made a fantastic effort so far, and I am now talking to the district council to see what possible funding the school can access.”
Since the revelation, the pre-school launched a fund-raising drive to find the the £75,000 required for a new school building.
Theresa Lee, pre-school manager, said: “I was in complete despair when (the surveyor) said we would have to find a new building as we don’t have any funds because we are a charity.
“If we can’t raise the money we will have to shut.”
The building has been in place since 1975 as a classroom for the neighbouring St Charles Primary School, and was given to the pre-school when it opened in 1982.
Mrs Lee would rather replace the building than find a new home in a different location, saying: “With our current building it is purely ours so we don’t have to pack away. It is on the school grounds so is better with transition for children moving up to primary school. In some cases they don’t even feel like they have moved.
”If it shut it would be such a shame for their stability.”
The school is now looking for any businesses or individuals who could help, and a text message system has been set up for donations.
People are asked to text SCPS13 £2 to 70070 or phone 01530 515284.