A GOOD Samaritan saved a "fun day" out for a group of physically handicapped youngsters at a Camberley school.

Their treat seemed doomed when a gang of young arsonists set light to the Cordwalles Middle School's minibus a fortnight ago.

With the vehicle a write-off, it seemed the 10 youngsters - who attend a special unit at the school - would have no way of travelling to the Rotary Club event at Aldershot.

But their tears turned to smiles when a parent stepped in and arranged for another minibus to be provided for the trip, free of charge.

Headteacher Mrs Michele Knight said on Monday: "The children had a lovely day, and we were so grateful to have the use of the bus for the day."

She added that, after the despondency which followed the arson, there was a renewed air of optimism at the school on the Old Dean estate.

The Special Needs Association hopes it may be able to provide a replacement minibus, and the Frimley Fuel Allotments charity may donate sufficient money to build a garage.