Weston's Toy Library saved thanks to school's help
PUBLISHED: 14:43 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:43 22 April 2015
A CHARITY which provides a toy rental service for families in North Somerset has been saved from closing down thanks to the generosity of a primary school.
The Toy Library had to close the doors of its home in Weston’s Locking Road in January when it could not afford its rent and bills.
Carolyn Clarke, who helps to run the Toy Library, said: “We just couldn’t afford to stay at our site in Locking Road but the members were adamant that they really, really did not want to close and started a campaign on Facebook.”
Now the charity has been saved and has moved into an empty classroom at St Anne’s Primary School in West Wick.
The school’s headteacher, Lisa Dadds, said: “They were going to have to close because they didn’t have anywhere to base themselves so they have moved into one of our classrooms.”
St Anne’s has only just opened its school in West Wick so it is not yet full to capacity.
Mrs Dadds said: “We only have 30 children in the school at the moment so there’s plenty of space.
“It works like a normal library, you can come and take out a toy like you would a book. We are so glad it’s open again and it’s so nice for the community that it still exists.”
Staff at St Anne’s who spotted the charity’s appeal have even offered the use of its room for free.
Ms Clarke said: “We have always wanted to be accessible for everyone, including the least well off parents, we only charge £24 a year to be able to borrow toys, hopefully that makes us accessible to all and we can now build our memberships.”