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Band Hatton Button Make a Difference

Band Hatton Button Make a Difference

From left, Tina Costello (Heart of England Community Foundation), Cheryl Wheatley (St Albans' Angels Group Leader), Bob Davies (church member), Mark Moseley (Band Hatton) with children Liam Watkiss (4), Henry Standing (2), Laquana Haye (4), Rosie Wilkins (2).

New facilities have been created for a toddler group in Coventry thanks to a generous four-figure donation.

The St Alban's Angels parent and toddler group at St Alban's Church in Mercer Avenue, Stoke Heath recently received a £1,900 donation to create a brand new messy play area and toy storage cupboard.

Bob Davies, member of St. Alban's church secured the money from Coventry law firm Band Hatton Button after applying to the Heart of England Community Foundation, a grant giving organisation that awards money given by donors to community projects.

He said: "Thanks to this donation, the toddler group is now thriving, with at least 21 youngsters turning up every week to take part in a variety of activities. It really is a joy to see so many youngsters enjoying the facility week after week.

"Prior to the donation, the toddler group organiser would have to carry toys up and down three flights of stairs every week while looking after three of her own children which wasn't practical. The old carpet in the hall wasn't very practical for young children and also limited the activities that the children could do, so there were question marks over whether it would continue.

"This money has allowed us to create a new storage cupboard for toys on the ground floor, and the new vinyl flooring means that the children can take part in a wider variety of messy activities from painting and cooking to reading and playing together.

Mark Moseley, managing director at Band Hatton Button recently paid a visit to see the impact the money had made.

He added: "It was fantastic to see first-hand the difference that our donation has made to the church and the children that attend.

"By allocating our funds to the Heart of England Community Foundation we've been able to make sure that we make every penny count to great causes in the local community, so we'd like to thank them for their help."

St Alban's Angels meet every Tuesday morning between 9am and 11.30am and costs £1.50 per child.

Tina Costello, chief executive at Heart of England Community Foundation, said: "Toddler and parent groups are invaluable as they help children to develop socially and build confidence, so this was a very worthy cause and we're delighted to see the group going from strength-to-strength."

For more information about St Alban's Angels email or call 024 76264174.

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