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Women require storage space to help community
3:20pm Thursday 24th May 2012 in News
A SMALL group of dedicated Cotswold women who are making a real difference to the community are in need of a storage boost.
The Community Awareness committee, made up of seven women from Todenham, Cold Aston and Evenlode, offer help and support to young children in low income families who are undergoing financial or emotional hardship.
Working with Cotswold charities Home Start in Stow and the Springboard Children’s Centre, along with family liaison officers in primary schools, they have helped many families in hardship.
Since they started the work two years ago they have been overwhelmed with public support and have been inundated with donations including children’s clothes, toys and nursery equipment.
But the group does not have anywhere to store bigger items that are donated such as sofas and wardrobes and fear they will have to turn some away if they do not find somewhere soon.
Val Ayres, committee member from Todenham, said: “We’ve been getting really good support from local people who have been finding out more about us through talking and friends.
“We’ve been very fortunate that people have donated items of furniture required such as nursery equipment and pushchairs that are very expensive for families to buy if times are hard.
“Our biggest problem is storage – people contact us with a bed or a wardrobe but we need somewhere warm, dry and rodent-free to store them. We would really love it if someone could offer us some storage space.”
To offer storage space or make a donation, call Val Ayres on 01608 812456.
A recent fund-raiser for the group at Oddington Village Hall raised £1,368.