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Children's soft play centre in Sudbury seeks urgent support as business faces uphill battle to reopen





A children’s soft play centre in Sudbury is seeking public support as it faces an uphill battle to reopen.

Rainbow Fun in Addison Road was forced to close in March after the Government instructed that all businesses, including entertainment venues, should close to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Reflecting on how quickly the situation had escalated, owner Sarah Cades said: “We went from being very busy one weekend to absolutely quiet the next.”

Rainbow Fun, Addison Rd, Sudbury.Rainbow Fun play centre is appealing for donations to help support the future of the business..In order to reopen it must install a series of safety measures at the play centre, but only has limited funds to cover the cost..Picture: Owner Sarah Cades with family Alex, Amelia and Lee with Bev Broughton and Lexi. Picture by Mark Westley. (42173035)
Rainbow Fun, Addison Rd, Sudbury.Rainbow Fun play centre is appealing for donations to help support the future of the business..In order to reopen it must install a series of safety measures at the play centre, but only has limited funds to cover the cost..Picture: Owner Sarah Cades with family Alex, Amelia and Lee with Bev Broughton and Lexi.  Picture by Mark Westley. (42173035)

After it was announced last month that soft play centres could reopen, Mrs Cades said that, while she was desperate to resume trading, the business could not afford to implement the new safety measures set out in the Government’s guidelines.

Determined to find a solution, the mother-of-three said: “I have to find the money because I don’t want to walk away from the business.

“It’s been a labour of love and I don’t want to go; it’s my life. I have put everything into it – blood, sweat and tears.”

While the centre has received some funding from schemes set up to support businesses during the crisis, Mrs Cades said mounting bills had left it with limited cash streams.

“Our money has dwindled each month,” said the 41-year-old, adding that she had been surprised to hear soft play centres could reopen so soon.

“I didn’t think we would get the go ahead until next year.”

Rainbow Fun, Addison Rd, Sudbury.Rainbow Fun play centre is appealing for donations to help support the future of the business..In order to reopen it must install a series of safety measures at the play centre, but only has limited funds to cover the cost..Picture: Owner Sarah Cades with family Alex, Amelia and Lee with Bev Broughton and Lexi. Picture by Mark Westley. (42173032)
Rainbow Fun, Addison Rd, Sudbury.Rainbow Fun play centre is appealing for donations to help support the future of the business..In order to reopen it must install a series of safety measures at the play centre, but only has limited funds to cover the cost..Picture: Owner Sarah Cades with family Alex, Amelia and Lee with Bev Broughton and Lexi.  Picture by Mark Westley. (42173032)

Keen to see the business operating again, a loyal customer has set up an online fundraising scheme in the hope that it will generate sufficient funds to support the centre.

“Whether it’s £1 or £10, it will still be a big help,” said Mrs Cades, adding that she has been left humbled by the kindness of the community.

“I didn’t know any of the customers before I opened and I feel honoured to have their support.”

So far, the campaign, which was launched at the weekend, has raised £240, with a fundraising target of £2,000.

To make a donation, go online to www.gofundme.com/f/let-the-rainbow-shine-again .

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