Ipswich: Playgroup’s delight with donations in wake of theft

STAFF at a town playgroup have been overwhelmed with the support they’ve received after a devastating break-in.

You and Me Playgroup had �335 stolen when thieves broke into the group’s base in St Mary Magdalen’s Church in Highfield Approach. The money had been raised by the group to pay for new soft play equipment.

After the story was reported in The Star, manager Julie Gray was delighted to receive a donation from the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffalos to cover the loss – but the support hasn’t stopped there.

Jonathan Waters estate agents also stepped forward to give an extra �250 to the group’s ongoing fundraising appeal for new equipment.

Julie said: “We’re absolutely overwhelmed that they still wanted to give to our fundraising appeal. It’s really nice that something positive has come out of the situation – from something that was devastating to us.”

The playgroup, which has 26 children, plans to use the money to buy a piece of equipment for the children’s tabletop activities.

“It’s quite expensive to get something durable,” Julie said. “�250 is a lot of money to us.”

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Jayne Staff, manager at Jonathan Waters main office in Foxhall Road, said: “Jonathan is very generous and keen to help the local community. This is reflected in his ongoing support for several local groups and organisations – especially if they have been the victims of wrongdoing.”

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