Frank's lasting legacy to Rainbow Pre-School

Much loved Ely resident Frank Grooms has left a lasting legacy to the pre-school close to his heart.

In his funeral instructions, Frank asked that instead of well-wishers bringing flowers, they would leave a donation to Rainbow Pre-School.

This week youngsters at the pre-school celebrated the arrival of three new ride-on toy cars, bought with money collected at his funeral.
Each car bears the number plate “FRANK” – and inside the pre-school there is a framed photograph of Frank, a lasting tribute to a man dear to staff, parents and pre-schoolers alike.

On a sunny day, the keen nature lover would always be found sitting in his porch at Fairfax Court opposite the pre-school, known for his big smile and friendly words.

Rainbow Pre-School manager Debbie Reed told Spotted in Ely: “Children, staff and parents built up a lovely relationship with Frank over many years.
“He joined in Christmas activities with the children at Lavender House and the setting every year.
“He will be missed dearly”.

Mum Beth May said daughters Hollie, six, and Emily, four, had adored Frank.
“They always loved saying hello to him because he was always sat outside his house.
“He was always happy to see the children and they were happy to see him too.”
Over the years, the pre-school had formed a special relationship with Frank, with staff visiting him before he died on October 18, aged 85.
His funeral was held at the Countess Free Church in Ely on November 6.

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