A PLAYGROUP whose Christmas party funds were stolen in a break-in has received another boost after Huntingdon Sainsbury’s made a donation.

A PLAYGROUP whose Christmas party funds were stolen in a break-in has received another boost after Huntingdon Sainsbury's made a donation.

Friends and supporters of Hansel and Gretel Pre-school in Huntingdon rallied round after the break-in on December 1, donating food, crackers and money to ensure the children's Christmas party could go ahead.

Sainsbury's in Huntingdon last week made a donation of £150 from its community grant fund, which will be used to replace a digital camera stolen during the break-in and buy food and toys for the children.

Thieves also made off with around £180 in cash during the overnight break-in at the playgroup's premises at Trinity Free Church.

Heather Collins said: "Thanks to Sainsbury's Huntingdon we're now able to replace the items and hopefully bring lots of fun and laughter back to the children."

Natalie Hunter of Sainsbury's said: "As soon as we heard the news at the store about the Hansel and Gretel playgroup, we knew straight away that we needed to help. Not only is the playgroup part of our community, we also wanted to make sure that the children had a great Christmas."

The grant scheme benefits charitable groups in the community and is funded by sales of the supermarket's Bags for Life.