2nd Dec, 2016

Toddler group receives much needed cash boost following Heart of England backing

Coventry Editorial 15th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY toddler group which was under threat of closing has benefited from a four-figure donation and has used the money to create further facilities.

Based in Stoke Heath, St Alban’s Angels parent and toddler group on Mercer Avenue received £1,900 to create a brand new play area and toy storage cupboard.

The money was secured from Coventry law firm Band Hatton Button after St Alban’s applied for the grant through the Heart of England Community Foundation.

Bob Davies, member of St Alban’s church, helped to secure the funds from the grant giving organisation that awards money given by donors to community projects.

Mr Davies said the the toddler group is now thriving since receiving the donation – with at least 21 youngsters turning up each week to take part in a variety of activities.

He added: “Prior to the donation, the toddler group organiser would have to carry toys up and down three flights of stairs every week while looking after three of her own children, which obviously wasn’t practical.

“The money has allowed us to create a new storage cupboard for toys on the ground floor and the new vinyl flooring means the children can take part in a wider variety of activities from painting and cooking to reading and playing together.”

Mark Moseley, managing director at Band Hatton Button paid a visit to see the impact the money had made.

He said: “It was fantastic to see first-hand the difference that our donation has made to the church and the children that attend.

“By allocating our funds to the Heart of England Community Foundation we’ve been able to make sure that we make every penny count to great causes in the local community.”

St Alban’s Angels meet every Tuesday morning between 9am and 11.30am.

For more information about St Alban’s Angels, email cherylhamer@hotmail.com or call 02476 264174.