Planning decision will decide future of Ringwood charity
A DESPERATE appeal has gone out from a pair of mums who in the last two years have built up a thriving social enterprise through which people could exchange and donate toys to raise funds for charity for help in achieving a major relocation and expansion.
TEDS, which for the last eight months have been renting accommodation in the Old Auction Rooms, Southampton Road, Ringwood, have been given just four weeks notice to leave the building which expires on Friday 26th October.
The end of their lease coincides with plans by the group for an expanded facility which will allow other groups to use rooms for meetings and activities or for potential small businesses run by local parents allied to their own activities.
But it is just a few weeks premature.
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A planning application has been submitted to New Forest District Council for the change of use of an office and warehouse unit in Carvers Industrial Estate which is due to be decided between two days and three weeks later.
Dana Elsworth, one of the two mums who set up the group two years ago after running a series of new sales to raise funds for local charities, playgroups, schools and other community causes by recycling goods brought to them by the public, said: "The town council are considering it this afternoon, and we will be going along to see what they think.
"If the application fails, we have a plan B to go for alternative premises which are further out of town.
"But obviously we have thousands and thousands of items to store and move.
We will be trading for another few weeks only to give us time to pack up and move out.
"Our current premises, which give us a reception area, play room, tea room, sales area and storage, were only ever a temporary measure to give us a chance to see if our scheme could work.
"But the new premises will give us nine rooms and a warehouse area, with scope to provide meeting areas, a small soft play facility, and room for all our stock.
"We'll need to clean, paint, hose down and sort out the new unit ready to open for Christmas.
"Ideally we need some plumbers, electricians and builders - some of the dads who have been shopping here - and are desperate to find some volunteers who can help both with putting all our items into storage and then preparing the new unit, providing permission is granted.
"We're not a charity, but we raise lots of money for other charities, and all of us are un-waged.
For further information or to offer help, call TEDS on 07795 109559, call in or visit the website at www.toys4charity.org