Uttlesford Buffy Playbus charity needs funding help to stay on the road

PUBLISHED: 13:23 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:48 04 May 2017

The Buffy Playbus

The Buffy Playbus

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An Uttlesford children's charity, which has been running for 23 years, is appealing for help with funding to continue its service in the community.

Buffy Playbus, which provides opportunities for pre-school children and their parents to have fun, learn and make friends, visits 15 different locations in the district each week.

On board the playbus children can paint, dress up, play in the sand pit and ball pond, as well as take part in the regular cooking activity.

The charity says it relies on its own fundraising and donations to stay afloat.

Rosie Juhl, from Buffy Playbus, said: “We have to raise nearly £80,000 this year to keep the service on the road and in order to do this we raise funds ourselves and apply for funding from other sources and statutory bodies.

“We have recently been delighted that Essex Community Foundation have supported us with a grant of £10,000 and the Co-op Local Community Fund have given us £2,767, which they have raised through their customers nominating Buffy Playbus as their chosen charity when they do their shopping.

“This initiative will continue for the next six months.

“Tesco Saffron Walden have also chosen us as one of the charities that they are going to support this month and will be donating any money raised to support our cooking activities.”

The charity is holding its annual car boot sale on Sunday, May 7, on Saffron Walden Common from 7.30am to noon. There is no need to book, people can turn up on the morning. Cars are priced at £10, vans are £12.

For more information about Buffy Playbus, click here to visit their website, search Buffy Playbus on Facebook or ring Rosie Juhl on 01799 522130.

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