STAFF, parents and campaigners at a popular borough creche have made a desperate plea for help to raise cash to save the vital children’s facility.
Locals fighting to stop the opening hours of the North Solihull Leisure Centre creche being reduced have been dealt a fresh blow after they lost out on a vital pot of funding.
The campaigners need around £4,000 to keep the facility running full time for a year after Solihull Council said it planned to reduce the opening hours to just 15 a week.
“The parents are genuinely gutted - not just for the fact that they will have nowhere to bring their children but also for us,” said creche supervisor Vicky Howkins.
“There’s no way we can carry on working here if the hours are reduced to 15 a week. If there is no funding, there will be no creche.”
Parents launched a campaign last year to stop the cutbacks stressing the service is well used by parents on a full time basis.
“This sort of service is vital for parents, particularly those living in North Solihull,” added Vicky.
The team is now appealing for any businesses or organisations to come forward to act as a sponsor.
“It has been hard for us to get hold of funding and we have been raising as much as we can but if there is anyone out there who thinks they can help, please get in touch,” Vicky added.
If you think you can help, contact Vicky on 07917886386 or Nicki on 07979216183.