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Christmas comes early for Portmead Puddleducks

Christmas comes early for Portmead Puddleducks

Portmead Puddleducks with their new shed Gwalia and Lovell step in to replace Portmead playgroup’s stolen shed just in time for Christmas!

Back in October, pre-school playgroup the Portmead Puddleducks had the shed they had bought to store play equipment in stolen. Many of the families who use the playgroup are our tenants and asked us if we could offer any help.

Our Director of Development & New Business, Jonathan Hughes said: "When we tendered our contract with Lovell, our repairs and maintenance team in the area, we stipulated that they needed to engage in initiatives to give something extra to the communities we work in. After telling them of the plight of the Portmead Puddleducks, Lovell decided that they would not only donate a new shed but would erect it for the group as well before Christmas."

The centre, based in Cheriton Crescent, is organised by the Church in Wales's ‘Faith in Families’ project, and has been open since 2010. It provides local families who have children aged between two and three-years-old high quality childcare as well as drop-in sessions with health visitors. Support services for parents are also available; the centre can help people to access training courses or support them to return to work.

Jennyfer Hicks, acting childcare manager, said: "There was an outcry from the community when the shed was stolen. Puddleducks relies heavily on funding, and we were delighted that Gwalia and Lovell were able to provide a new shed for the children to use."

Lovell Supervisor Andrew Gidney said: "When Gwalia told us what had happened to the Puddleducks shed we were more than happy to help. Our supply chain partner, Travis Perkins supplied the shed to us and we were delighted to donate and erected it. We hope the Puddleducks have many years of use from it."