Stedham youngsters put their best foot forward

STEDHAM Squirrels have taken to the countryside to fundraise for a new raised bed and sandpit.

Seven pre-school youngsters put their best foot forward and raised around £380 in a sponsored walk for the pre-school.

Iain Skinner, chairman of the Stedham Squirrel Pre-School Group, said it was the first time it had fundraised in this manner.

He hoped the raised bed would help teach the children the importance of crops and food planting.

“There’s going to be a mix of flowers, vegetables and fruit so they get an idea of planting their own foods,” he said.

Mr Skinner added the walk had been the idea of the pre-school’s general manager Gemma Gabler.

The day of the walk saw glorious weather for the children, who were aged between two and four years 

The walk took place on Saturday, May 18, and the pre-school has since raised an additional £130 at Bank Holiday Monday’s Eastern Cultural Fete in Stedham.

The pre-school had a face-painting stall and Mr Skinner said around 40 faces were painted – adults and children alike.

For a picture spread of the fete see page 23 of this week’s paper.