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Streamline taxi firm helps save Carden Tots playgroup after theft
5:00pm Tuesday 16th July 2013 in News
A generous taxi firm has stepped in to help save a struggling playgroup.
Carden Tots, in Hollingbury, were left devastated on Monday night after thieves broke in and stole £250 worth of equipment and defecated in the garden.
The Argus previously reported that the charity-run day centre was going to have to close within one month if they did not receive funding.
Brighton and Hove Streamline Taxis, after hearing on the playgroup’s plight, has offered to cover the cost of replacing the stolen toys.
Helen Laurance from Carden Tots said: “It is so lovely to know that there are people in the community who are willing to help.
We will put the money to good use and it will enable us to buy some play equipment and also to finish some other projects for the children in time for the holidays. We can’t thank Streamline enough.”
Tracy Banks, secretary for the playgroup said: “The theft put us down in the doldrums and you can't help feeling bitter towards anyone who would steal children's toys. To come into work today and receive the call about the donation from Streamline really proved to us that something good often comes out of something bad. The group is really struggling financially at the moment so the thought of having to find the funds for more equipment at this point was a bit daunting to say the least. We are so grateful.”
Dave Smith, chairman of Streamline Taxis, said: “This is a despicable act, and once we heard of the theft, it was decided that it would be Streamline’s pleasure to help the toddler group to get back on their feet.”
The nursery still needs to find funding within the next month if they are to stay open. To make a donation contact Carden Tots on: 01273 540779.
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