Cash lifeline thrown to playgroup

Marchburn Playgroup manager Kerryanne Mackenzie receives a �2250 cheque from councillor Adam Montgomery

Marchburn Playgroup manager Kerryanne Mackenzie receives a �2250 cheque from councillor Adam Montgomery

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A Penicuik nursery has been thrown a funding lifeline.

Local councillor Adam Montgomery (Lab) awarded Marchburn Playgroup £2250 from his housing account after the nursery failed to gain a grant from Midlothian Council.

Playgroup manager Kerryanne Mackenzie explained the nusery failed to attract a three year £3200 grant from the local authority.

The nursery embarked on a fundraising campaign as it only had money to see it through to the end of the financial year.

The council grant was used to pay the hall rent to Penicuik North Kirk and part-time staff wages.

Councillor Montgomery stepped in when he heard the group’s plight.

Kerryanne said: “We are extremely grateful to Councilor Montgomery for his donation. This money ensures that we can continue till the end of the year. If it wasn’t for his support the playgroup would have no choice but to close its doors. His intervention has not only protected the service but also kept three local ladies in employment.”

Councillor Montgomery said: “The playgroup has been on the go for as long as I have been a councillor and there are three jobs involved. I was more than happy to help with the funding and we will see what happens later in the year.”