Thousands of pounds have been raised to get a Cheam community project back on its feet after it was devastated by an alleged arson attack.

Broken-hearted Kevin Plicio and his team of volunteers were left to pick up the pieces after the blaze ripped through Yourspace.sutton on January 12.

A portable building, volunteer room and an outside-in tearoom were wrecked, as well as volunteered artwork and handcrafted models.

Mr Plicio, who has been running the community space since 2011, revealed he had been in “no man’s land” in the aftermath of the ordeal.

But since then more than £6,000 has been raised by over 200 supporters through crowdfunding in a bid to restore Yourspace.sutton on JustGiving.

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Yourspace.sutton manager Kevin Plicio

And with an £8,000 target to reach, a community fundraising weekend is being held to try and gather the rest of the money necessary.

There will be craft stalls, “alternative” special Valentine’s gift ideas, family friendly activities, a new “Scavenger Hunt” challenge and more.

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Mr Plicio said: “Eight years of endless volunteer efforts to turn the green space at Seears Park Nursery into a treasured local community space had so much destroyed overnight.

“The office, tearoom, volunteer mess room, surrounding walkways, polytunnels and even the disabled access toilets and baby changing rooms were all lost in the blaze.

“But we still have our amazing indoor Cloche Garden venue and very much look forward to meeting you there and having you come along on the journey.”

It’s hoped the £8,000 raised will help Mr Plicio get Yourspace.sutton back up and running again as they host the fundraising event across February 9 and 10.

It will be held in Seears Park, near to the St Dunstan’s Hill entrance access road off the A217, from 4pm.

To find out more about the event, click here.

To donate, click here.