Staff at a Bishop Monkton pre-school were left speechless after they were presented with a surprise £850 donation by Costa Coffee in Ripon.
The Puddleducks pre-school was expecting to receive a £150 donation from the coffee shop towards new outdoor facilities, on Tuesday, to replace equipment stolen earlier in the year.
But after store manager Adele Buckle heard staff and parents were hoping to raise an additional £700 to update their play area she rallied the team at Costa to donate the extra amount.
Amanda Baxter, pre-school leader of Puddleducks, said there was no way to express her surprise at the generous donation.
She said: “With this amazing donation we will now be able to provide an outdoor play space that will stimulate, teach and excite all our children that use it. I cannot thank the team at Costa enough and look forward to a continuing partnership.”
Puddleducks suffered a callous theft earlier in the year when its outdoor equipment was stolen and then found dumped and broken in the village graveyard.
The money donated by Costa will help replace the equipment and Ms Buckle said she hopes the children will enjoy the new facilities.
She said: “We wanted to be a part of the community here in Ripon and get to know our customers and the businesses in the area.
“It has just gone from there really and it has been amazing to surprise the team at Puddleducks with the £850 today after keeping it a secret for so long.”
Sarah O’ Connell, a member of staff at Puddleducks, said the money would be incredibly important as playing outside and using their imaginations is a big part of the children’s day at the pre-school.
She said: “We work hard for the kids and everything we do comes from what we have seen them do. We don’t tell them what to do, they show us what they want to do and we work from that.
“The children have incredible imaginations so that’s why we take the ideas from them.
“Our job is to prepare them for big school and that next step.
“We’re excited about the future of Puddleducks and this money will be a big help.”