Uncertain future for toy library

Uncertain future for toy library

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Lucy Golding

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Uncertain future for toy library

A toy borrowing service in Maidenhead faces an uncertain future as a lack of users could cause it to close.


Volunteers who run Highview Toy Library in North Road fear they will not gain any more funding if they are unable to prove there is demand for the service.

A low number of children also makes covering the £1,000 annual cost to rent space in building a challenge, which is where Maidenhead Mencap is based.

The library is open on Wednesdays from 10am until midday and on the first Sunday of every month from 3-5pm.

Families can borrow toys and swap them on a weekly basis from a fully-stocked toy room for £12 a year.

It offer babies and children up to the age of 12 a variety of entertainment including jigsaws, board games, rocking horses and bouncy balls.

Under parental supervision, children can play at the centre during library opening times and their mums and dads can enjoy hot drinks and biscuits.

It is visited by a handful of children each week but never usually more than a dozen.

"We could have a lot more," said volunteer Valerie Bosley, 72, who runs the library with five other volunteers and believe that more people would come if more people knew about it.

The library welcomes both fully abled and disabled kids.

Valerie, of Pinkneys Road, said: "It is very difficult to ask for funding if we haven't got any children."

"I see so many children when I'm out and about and I wonder where they all go to."

"We don't care whether people are poor, wealthy or from another nationality,"

In the past the library has received donations from groups including Shanly Homes and Rotary.

Regular library user mother-of-three Hannah Danbrowsky said: "It's great because it means you don't have to buy so many toys for your children."

She added: "There is so much choice and it's a great place for mums to have a coffee and a chat."

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