YOUNGSTERS at a Whitby nursery are looking forward to spending the summer in their new garden thanks to an appeal in the Whitby Gazette.
Some of the children at Coliseum Kids showed off their new garden area this week which has been transformed from a messy, dingy yard.
Local businesses stepped in to help after an appeal for donations and toys appeared in the Gazette and nursery manager Emma Rowe wrote letters to local businesses asking for a bit of help.
M.K.M donated play sand and wood to build a raised flower bed, Whitby book shop gave gardening books and Whitby Jet, Eves, Ask Scaffolding, Mr Patel, the Wellington Whitby poker players and parents gave cash donations.
The Co-op, English Heritage, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Eden Camp, Doodle Pots, Passage to India and the Board Inn pub donated raffle prizes to help top up the cash and tickets are still available.
Emma said: “We used to go outside around the front but it isn’t ideal so it is good to have access to our own area which is safe and private at any time of the day.
“We go outside every day, even if it is raining. A lot don’t have outside space at home that are safe to play, half of them live in flats. We have started planting seeds already.
“We put an appeal in the Gazette and sent begging letters to shops - the response has been marvellous.”