An Isle of Wight nursery that was targeted by thieves has been handed £1,500 by Southern Co-op.

Strimmers, hedge cutters and drills went missing from West Wight Nursery, at St Saviour’s Primary School, Totland last month (September).

Food and funeral care branches in Freshwater, at Afton Road, Avenue Road and The Avenue, have joined forces to help replace the equipment, through Southern Co-op’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood‘ scheme.

Kim Tyrell, Nursery Manager, said:

“We are really grateful that Southern Co-op has supported us after the losses. We are a charitable trust that needs every penny and puts all our money back into the setting.

“There isn’t any surplus and we need the tools to maintain the site so we are grateful for the support.”

Matt Burfield, Store Manager at Avenue Road, said:

“All of us were really shocked to hear that someone could steal from a local charity and our community nursery – we knew we had to help.

“Crimes like these affect all of us in the community and we need to work together to support each other. It was very humbling to be given a tour around the nursery when we made our donation – they truly are an inspirational operation.”