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EAST DEVON: Pre-school shortlisted for Lloyds funding

Thursday, 21 August 2014

STAFF and children at Stockland and Yarcombe Pre-School are celebrating being shortlisted in a national competition for community funding. The awards are run by Lloyds Bank’s Community Fund and offer the group which wins the most votes by Lloyd’s customers a top prize of £3,000. The pre-school is now asking for the support of local residents to vote to support them. Valerie Conlon, vice-chairman of the pre-school, said: “We are delighted to have got this far in the awards, especially as we know how high the standards have been this year. “We would use this hugely valuable funding to give our pre-school room a much-needed refurbishment since it was last updated over 10 years ago. The work needed is extensive and includes re-flooring, painting and installation of a new kitchenette area. “The early years funding we receive barely covers our outgoings, so without other sources of funds our pre-school would be forced to close. “An award of £3,000 would make a huge difference to us, meaning we could renew facilities which, although serviceable, are tired. “The direct benefit would be to the children but also, indirectly, parents and the wider community. Keeping pre-schools like ours in local communities is vital to ensure quality of life in rural areas such as ours.” Voting opens on September 2nd and closes on October 10th 2014. People can vote for the pre-school in participating branches of Lloyds or online at

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