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Last-minute campaign to keep KindHaus open this winter

A fundraising campaign has been launched to save a Stokey children’s play centre and café from closure.

KindHaus opened in Stoke Newington High Street in the summer, offering a space for families to pop in throughout the day. Now their temporary lease is up for renewal and they need to secure funds to see them through the next five months.

They’re appealing to the public for support.

Founder Ann-Marie Kinlock said: “The early years can be tough and we’re thrilled to be able to affordably offer our play café as a home away from home and our co-work and creche service to help those tackling the work life juggle.

“It’s literally been us placing one foot in front of the other every day, come rain or shine, jumping over rocks and holding on to our vision tightly.

“We ae a young business, word is spreading and we are inching towards profitability but we are just not there yet.

“We now need to raise another £25,000 to keep KindHaus going this winter and stay at Stokey Popup for at least another five months.”

KindHaus launched with support of a Virgin Start-up grant in May but those funds have run out. They’re in talks with other investors but it could be months before funds are issued.

They’re now faced with two options – to close the doors on Monday November 13 throughout the winter months and hope to reopen in the Spring when funding is in place or to raise enough via the Go Fund Me campaign to keep going.

Ann-Marie added: “November would be an awful time to close KindHaus. We believe it’s essential to stay open during the cold, dark winter months and ensure parents in Stokey, Hackney and beyond have somewhere warm and welcoming to be.”

Click here to donate to the Go Fund Me.


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