Playgroup saved because manager "couldn't bear to let it close"

When Fawdon Community Centre lost its council funding, the playgroup Helen Wilding had run for nine years was due to go too. She had 24 hours to decide whether to take it on herself, but in the end could not bear to see it close, so she relaunched it as a private company.

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Community centre saved

Fawdon Community Centre in Newcastle was due to close because of a lack of council funding, until Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation stepped in to save it.