A fundraiser set up to cover the costs of vandalism that took place at Rhws Primary’s Rangers Area over half-term has already raised double its target in a matter of days.
As-yet-unidentified vandals broke into the school grounds over the half-term break and targeted the Rangers Area, part of the school that had been co-created with the pupils. Multiple items were broken and damaged beyond repair including the school’s mud sink kitchen area.
Photos taken and shared to Facebook by Louise Davenport, the local person who was first to encounter the damage, show the true extent of the destruction. In her post, Louise said:
“Went back to school today RHWS PRIMARY to find that someone got onto our school grounds during half term and vandalised our RANGERS AREA which our lovely children created.
They broke into our shed of which many items were purposely broken. They even broke our mud kitchen sink area.
Our Rangers Team leader Tara Williams was so upset today that I thought I’d send out a request to see if there’s anyone out there whom can help us recreated and put our sink area back together or help us with any donations of tools.”
A fundraiser was set up on GoFundMe by Rhoose local, Samantha Campbell, to raise money for the school to replace and repair the area for the children. The fundraiser has been very well supported, raising over £2,000 at the time of writing, double its original £1,000 target, in a matter of a few days.
The Rangers Team Leader, Tara Williams, posted a statement following the fundraiser on the “Friends of Rhws Primary School” Facebook page, saying:
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has shown us so much support and kindness over the last 24 hours. Monday was not a good day for us, on discovering our Rangers area had been vandalised over the half term holiday.
“The area had been a labour of love for our children over the years and they really do put their heart and soul into creating and maintaining a wonderful area that is loved and enjoyed by all the children at Rhws Primary.
“To say I was devastated would be an understatement as I knew how upset the children would be. Things, however, quickly changed when I saw how the community rallied around, doing everything they possibly could, with the sole purpose of getting Rangers back up and running for the children.
“We are completely overwhelmed with your generosity and the community spirit that has been shown to us and, although the children are disappointed that someone could do this to their area, they have come back to school full of gusto, prepared to, yet again, get their hands dirty and work hard to put it right, so that all the children can start enjoying the area again.
“We will not let a few spoil things when we have the help of so many. From the bottom of my heart and all at Rhws Primary, THANK YOU!”
The fundraiser is still open on GoFundMe and can be found, here.