Joy over new toys at Belle Vue centre

Manor College of Technology pupils (left to right) Evan Whincup, Tom Bueke and Conner Gant with Sienna Graham (9months) and Leanne Clark (nursery nurse)
Manor College of Technology pupils (left to right) Evan Whincup, Tom Bueke and Conner Gant with Sienna Graham (9months) and Leanne Clark (nursery nurse)
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KINDHEARTED pupils have helped put a smile on youngster’s faces by donating a ballpool and sandpit to a town nursery.

Evan Whincup, Tom Burke and Connor Gant are all part of the Action Up project which is based at the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool.

They decided to provide children from Cherry Tree Nursery, which is attached to Manor Resident’s Association, with a new ballpool, outdoor games and a sandpit.

The Manor College of Technology pupils, who are all aged 14, wanted to spread a little cheer after reading how the nursery’s pet rabbit had been brutally killed by yobs

The children and staff from the Kilmarnock Road nursery were left devastated by what had happened to Sooty.

Action Up is a programme run from the Belle Vue Centre in association with Safe in Tees Valley.

Barry Kennedy, from the Kendal Road centre, said: “The children decided on doing a community programme and with a little help from the staff at the centre decided they wanted to help the nursery.

“We were really proud of their efforts and the children and staff at the centre were very grateful for their help.”

Janet Cain, acting nursery manager at Cherry Tree, said: “The young men came into the nursery and asked what we needed at the nursery.

“I suggested a sand pit in the garden and they went away and drew up their plans and then came back with the pit, toys and ballroom.

“We were all delighted with their efforts and the children love the new toys.”

After the story about Sooty appeared in the Mail, one reader whose son was allergic to their lion-headed rabbit, decided to donate the animal to the children at the nursery.

The youngsters were given Flump, whose name they changed to Jessie, and it has settled in just fine. They have also since been given another rabbit Strawberry.

Action Up is a national Ambition programme to increase the number of young people aged 10 to 17 years engaged in “high quality social action” and support them to go on to take part in National Citizen Service at age 16 or 17.

The programme aims to inspire young people to lead and participate in quality social action projects using leadership and social enterprise.