Fundraiser launched to replace wooden playhouse stolen from children at Christ Church Upper Armley school

An online fundraiser has been launched to replace a wooden playhouse which was stolen from children at a Leeds primary school.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 4:45 pm

Pupils at Christ Church Upper Armley were left devastated last month after a break-in at the Theaker Lane school.

Not only did the brazen thieves manage to lift a solid wooden playhouse over a six foot high fence, they returned two more times throughout the day to take the windows they'd left behind, and even the plastic utensils that were used in the children's kitchen.

The school's headteacher, Sam Collier, said she was "shocked and saddened" at the theft which left some of the 50 pupils still at the school "very upset".

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The spot where the children's playhouse sat

The playhouse, complete with fitted kitchen and wooden chairs, was a bespoke solid wood construction that will not be possible to replace directly.

To buy another playhouse would cost about £650 and after being inundated with offers from the community, a parent at the school set up a GoFundMe page to raise the costs.

"It's really heart-warming the way the community has pulled together and said they will help and raise money," Ms Collier said.

The GoFundMe appeal can be found here.

Plastic kitchen utensils were also taken

Support the YEP and become a subscriber today. Enjoy unlimited access to local news and the latest on Leeds United, With a digital subscription, you see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe