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'Appalling': Thieves take Camborne toy library cash

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

  • An unhappy Don Gardner at the Camborne Toy Library. for Katri. Ref : TRGH20121013A-001_C

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THIEVES stole money from a toy library used by some of the most vulnerable families in the community.

A cash box containing about £40 was taken from the Centenary Church-based facility last week, volunteers said.

The incident has left members of the library, which was threatened with closure last year, appalled and saddened.

Don Gardner, of Christians Together, which runs the library, said: "Last week the petty cash was put away and when we came back on Tuesday morning it was missing.

"There was about £30 to £40 in the box. Fortunately, I had taken the bulk of the money the day before the theft.


"But it really upset me. The toy library benefits the whole community and all the money we make is put back to purchase new toys and to repair and clean existing ones.

"To see any money disappear is a serious blow to us."

The toy library is used by about 200 people in Camborne, allowing registered families to hire a variety of toys at low prices.

Originally based at Trevu Family Centre, it looked in danger of closing as part of Cornwall Council cutbacks until Mr Gardner and his team of volunteers from Christians Together in Camborne stepped in.

Camborne Mayor Jean Charman said: "I never fail to be amazed at the depth some people will sink to in doing something like this.

"They have taken advantage of the most vulnerable members of society – children – who are given a chance to play with toys their parents can't afford to buy.

"It is an important facility and I can't believe this has happened."

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Camborne police station by calling the non-emergency telephone number 101, quoting reference AC/12/4075.

The toy library is open on Tuesdays (10am to 1pm), Thursdays (2pm to 4.30pm) and Fridays (10am to 1pm).

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  • diogenes23  |  October 19 2012, 3:04PM

    I went to see the Toy Library today (Friday) - lovely people and a very good cause. They don't seem to be equipped to take donations other than in person. There's a cash box on the reception desk so I gave them a couple of quid for it. The Toy Library is near Tesco and opposite the Vyvyan Arms. It on the 14/18 bus route and there's a bus every 10-15 minutes. The toy library is open on Tuesdays (10am to 1pm), Thursdays (2pm to 4.30pm) and Fridays (10am to 1pm). These are nice people who have been treated badly. I think they deserve our help.

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  • tommmyfisher  |  October 18 2012, 3:02PM

    Fully agree with the others try and find a way of accepting donations, I will give a few hundred quid, this kind of thing makes my blood boil. This is Britain 2012, lost generations

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  • Phil_lip  |  October 18 2012, 11:26AM

    The Toy Library is based in Centenary Methodist on Wesley road, the number is 01209 711850, have tried to ring them and got an answer phone but couldn't find a number for Mr Gardner even though I was given one by a nice lady at the other Methodist church in Camborne it didn't work. Hopefull they will have a way of taking donations to replace this money. This is not on and hopefully the police and justice system will do the right thing when they catch who ever did this, a caution is not suitable as punishment.

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  • Big_Ger  |  October 18 2012, 10:59AM

    We tolerate scum to much here in Britain.

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  • Truro_England  |  October 18 2012, 10:58AM

    Shocking and disqusting but I'm not surprised! These crimals know theres only a slim chance of being caught and if caught all they will get is a slapped wrist...

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  • diogenes23  |  October 18 2012, 9:29AM

    There's a bit more about the toy library here: http://tinyurl.com/bmpsljn

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  • josdave  |  October 18 2012, 8:36AM

    This is just the sort of thing that is treated as a minor offence by the authorities but is certainly not minor to the victims. There are some low lifes around who should be locked away from civilisation. I hope the money does get made up.

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  • diogenes23  |  October 18 2012, 8:14AM

    Perhaps it would be a good idea if this site could provide contact details of the toy library organisers so that the public could make donations to make up for the loss.

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