Travis Perkins branch help with playgroup rescue

The Bicester branch of builders merchant Travis Perkins is helping a local playgroup whose building was condemned.
Rainbow Playgroup launched a desperate bid for £200,000 funding for a new base but feared it could be forced to close before the money was raised.

Urgent repairs were needed to the group’s current home — a 30-year-old portable building. Local builder Ted Owen offered to do the work for free and roped in his local Travis Perkins branch, a gutter specialist and a plumber to help.

“They hadn’t go the money and I knew I had to help out. Because I am a local builder and had spent a lot of money at Travis Perkins I asked if they could help too. They said yes,” he said.

Mark Davis, manager of Travis Perkins, said staff have also agreed to donate their time to help with the repairs.

He said: “Rainbow Playgroup was told the building was basically going to be condemned if they did not do a certain amount of work on it in the next seven weeks.

“We will do what we can and supply what we can to get the playgroup up and running.”

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