Safari van thrill for playgroup

From left, Littlehampton Rotaract president Jeremy Griffiths, William Older Playgroup manager Sue Droy, Oliver Rose, Chloe Gill, Harvey Rose, Arundel and District Rotary president Keith  Boyd-Seymour and Arundel Rotarian Fiona Rose oQ59rIm3S6vfDlbmgA7x
From left, Littlehampton Rotaract president Jeremy Griffiths, William Older Playgroup manager Sue Droy, Oliver Rose, Chloe Gill, Harvey Rose, Arundel and District Rotary president Keith Boyd-Seymour and Arundel Rotarian Fiona Rose oQ59rIm3S6vfDlbmgA7x

A disused camper van has been converted into a safari-style playhouse for a charity-funded nursery in Angmering.

Arundel and District Rotary Club and Insight Rotaract Littlehampton have worked together over the last four months to create a fun place for the children of William Older Playgroup.

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The disused Daihatsu Hijet camper van fm5uPHrbjbWcM5Knu2fU

Members of the two clubs worked on the Daihatsu Hijet over the school holidays, weekends and a number of long evenings, after normal working hours.

The design was based on a traditional camper van fit ­out, with an African twist.

Sue Droy, playgroup manager, originally approached one of the Rotarians with a request to donate an old camper van to enhance the outside play area.

Fiona Rose, Arundel and District Rotary Club press officer, said: “It was suggested the van could be converted into something more fun and imaginative, and both the Rotary and Rotaract clubs agreed it would be a fantastic joint project to take on, utilising their creative energy and enthusiasm.

A work in progress - the new flooring, storage bench seats, new seat covers and play kitchen

A work in progress - the new flooring, storage bench seats, new seat covers and play kitchen

“The exterior was washed, sanded down and hand painted. The multi­-coloured vehicle came to life when the zebra stripes were carefully painted on and the bumpers and wheels were spray­-painted white.

“The interior fit out includes a play kitchen, table and benches with storage underneath, wood-effect flooring and animal silhouettes on the windows, which were very kindly donated by local company It’s A Wrap.

“The interior panels and chairs were re­covered in lime green along with matching curtains to create a light and fun space for the children to enjoy.”

Both the Rotary and Rotaract clubs are always looking to take on projects for the community and with the community.

Arundel and District Rotary president Keith Boyd�-Seymour, left, and Littlehampton Rotaract president Jeremy Griffiths with Oliver Rose

Arundel and District Rotary president Keith Boyd�-Seymour, left, and Littlehampton Rotaract president Jeremy Griffiths with Oliver Rose

They will be working on several projects in the next Rotary year, which starts in July. Visit www.arundelrotary.org for more information.

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