Charity steps in to help children

Seven-year old Bethany Delaney dips her hand into a bugs basket as her mum, Victoria Tiffin, and Vikki Goodins, of Scales N Tales, look on
Seven-year old Bethany Delaney dips her hand into a bugs basket as her mum, Victoria Tiffin, and Vikki Goodins, of Scales N Tales, look on
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A village-focused charity stepped in to save the day when a play provider was forced to close after running into financial difficulty.

East Durham Play and Community Network, a charity which provdided play opportunities for children across County Durham, has fallen into voluntary liquidation after being unable to cope with rising costs.

But the Trimdon Treasures charity stepped up to the mark to provide children in Trimdon Village with activities during the summer holidays after a £40,000 donation from various kind-hearted organisations, including Groundwork North East and Durham County Council.

Victoria Tiffin, event manager with Trimdon Treasures, said: “We heard that the play network had gone into liquidation a week before the six weeks’ holidays and I’m sure a lot of parents were anxious that their children would have nothing to do.

“But we have been able to put things in place that have provided entertainment for youngsters who need more to do.”

The play network, which had been largely grant-funded, has had to make five redundancies.

A spokesman for Yarm-based Taylor Rowlands accounts, which appointed the firm’s Harvey Madden and Peter Gray as joint liquidators of the organisation, confirmed that the East Durham Play and Community Network went into voluntary liquidation on August 7.