Arsonists have destroyed a Doncaster community building - wrecking children’s play equipment stored there
Nobody was injured in the fire at the Women’s Institute Hall, near Sheep Bridge Lane in, which is home to community groups including Rainbows and the Rossington Parent and Toddlers Group.
But the building was wrecked along with thousands of pounds worth of children’s toys and equipment.
Fire crews were called out to at 3am on Friday, January 17.
A spokesmen for South Yorkshire fire and rescue confirmed the blaze was started deliberately, and a police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire is ongoing.
Rossington Parent and Toddler group leader, and mum-of-two Cathy Gittings, 44, said the Women’s Institute Hall was a building that had been ‘bringing the community together’ for many years.
Cathy, of Wadworth Avenue, in Rossington added: “We are all disgusted that someone could do this to a much loved building in our community.
“Everyone brings their children to the group, it’s the only place in the community that everyone can afford.And now all of the toys are gone, and it looks like we’re going to have to find a new premises.”
The parent and toddler group will be held at the Holmescarr Community Enterprice Centre on Grange Lane in Rossington for the next few weeks, starting from Monday, January 27 with sessions taking place between 9am and 11am, and 1pm until 3pm.
Rossington mum, Cheryl Moy, said the community had been left devastated by the fire . “Five minutes of vandalism has had a devastating effect on our community. I wonder if whoever did this understands that,” she added.
Since the incident, people have been donating toys to children’s groups who use the building. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the children’s groups, call Cathy on 07762 249221.