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Nursery faces £8,000 repair bill after flood

JPCT 281213 Nola Attwater, director Charlwood House Day Nursery, cleaning up the baby unit after being flooded. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 281213 Nola Attwater, director Charlwood House Day Nursery, cleaning up the baby unit after being flooded. Photo by Derek Martin

A nursery faces repair costs of up to £8,000 after it was flooded during storms.

The baby unit at Charlwood House Day Nursery is to be “ripped apart” after the nursery’s pond flooded the room on Christmas Eve.

Nola Attwater, one of the nursery’s directors, said: “All the toys have been destroyed.

“The room’s going to have to ripped apart.

“I haven’t even thought about the cost - five to eight thousand pounds with the redecorations, refurbishment and toys.”

Nola and the nursery’s other director, Vicky Thomas, had been working hard to prepare the nursery in Charlwood Road for the new year.

Nola added: “It was really disappointing. Vicky and I take quite a lot of pride in the nursery.”

Parents were “devastated” to hear of the damage.

Nola continued: “They were saddened as well.

“We’ve been going for 18 years and are respected for our high level of care.”

Nola’s husband, Andrew Waight, discovered the damage while checking on the building the morning after the storm.

The room will have to be re-plastered, re-furbished and decorated.

The is to be assessed and the skirting boards replaced.

Nola has also had to “bang” open doors after the flood left a number of the Grade II* listed 17th century building’s exits waterlogged.

However, she was grateful the damage was limited to the one room.

She said: “For an old building it’s held up really well.

“It was only one classroom that was destroyed.”

She added: “It’s a charismatic building, it’s got lots of character.”

The baby unit will close for two months while the repairs are carried out.

It will move to one of the nursery’s spare rooms in the meantime.

Nola and Vicky put out an appeal for cuddly toys and blankets, to replace the ones contaminated by the floodwater.

Nola said: “We are going to replace everything that was there.

“We are looking at replacing toys, blankets, teddies and cushions - they are the things we need the quickest.”

Many parents have responded to the appeal and numerous toys have been donated to the nursery.

Nola added: “We would like to thank all the parents for their kind donations so far.

“The appeal’s been going really well, a lot of parents have donated toys.”

Nola is appealing for parents to donate spare cushions and blankets.

For more information on how to donate call 01293 565544.

 

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