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Theft of toys and equipment may force Hollingbury playgroup to close
11:30am Friday 12th July 2013 in News
A charity-run day centre for children may face closure after being burgled on Monday night.
Carden Tots is a drop-in playgroup at Old Boat Corner Community Centre in Hollingbury for preschool children and is a registered charity which relies on its very low entrance fees, fundraising and grants to survive.
The burglary took place at 6pm on Monday evening while the building was occupied by an exercise class.
Several thieves entered the fenced garden and stole £250 worth of toys, defecating in the garden on the way out.
Tracy Banks, secretary for Carden Tots, said: “To break into a playgroup to vandalise and steal equipment which is obviously meant to be used by babies is the lowest of the low. Our group is already struggling and this could be the final straw.”
The items stolen included two slides, a set of play mats for babies, half a dozen adult chairs, a toddler table and chair set and a set of plant pots which had been painted and planted by the children.
The thieves were captured on CCTV which has now been handed to the police.
Carden Tots offers a “stay and play all day” service for families and child minders to bring their children for £3.50 a day.
Mrs Banks said: “We have up to about 15 children visit us a day and we desperately need donations to stay open.”
If the play group do not get funding within the next month for running costs, they will be forced to close.
To make a donation to save the nursery contact Carden Tots on: 01273 540779.
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