Pimlico Toy library has made a plea for financial donations as funding continues to dwindle.
The charity, which last year celebrated its 30th birthday, says its public funding from the council and government has halved since 2013.
Pimlico Toy Library has been supporting children and parents since 1985. Based in Churchill Gardens, one of Westminster’s most deprived wards, the charity provides a “safe and stimulating” play environment for children, with more than 1,700 toys on offer.
It has helped three generations of some families with more than 4,000 visits last year alone.
Maggie Harper, a volunteer on the founding committee since 1982 and co-ordinator of Pimlico Toy Library since 1991, said:
“I have raised funds for Pimlico Toy Library for 24 years. Up to 2011, I had three-year funding from a couple of funders and a diverse mix of donors. Since 2011, there has been only one-year funding, meaning a blank income sheet each year, and an average of £96,000 to raise annually through other sources.
“That’s why we are now calling on the public to support us through these tough times.”
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