Brand new home for St Jerome’s

WHEN rain started to leak through the roof of St Jerome?s Preschool, the trustees decided that it was time to replace the ageing building that had been their home for 30 years.

St. Jerome?s Preschool, Greenloons Drive, Formby, is a registered charity whose surplus funds are ploughed back into facilities for the children. Although the playgroup had over the years saved its surplus, it was not enough to pay for a new building.

The trustees approached Tracey North, their Relationship Manager at NatWest for help with funding for the new building

Tracey was successful in obtaining a loan, as part of NatWest?s participation in the Government?s Funding for Lending scheme.?This was sufficient, together with the saved surplus, to buy new equipment and a modular prefabricated building on land at St. Jerome?s Formby.

The new facility was completed to quality, time and budget ready for the autumn school term.

Fifty-five children aged between two and four currently attend the playgroup, which was formed as a charity in 2007.?The new home will enable the playgroup to expand and to offer an after-school club. Future plans also include the possibility of a programme of summer activities for children.

Mike McLachlan, a member of the board of trustees, said: ?There has been a real buzz amongst parents, children and staff thanks to the new building and we can?t wait to move in.? ? Tracey at NatWest has been a great help to us.?

Tracey North from NatWest added: ?We are so pleased to be able to help out with the new building for the children and staff at St Jerome?s Preschool Playgroup that plays such a crucial role in the local community. The trustees have also seized the opportunity to expand the range of activities that they are offering so we wish them well for the future.?

By Holly Rummens -?

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