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Forecourt manager helps community raise funds
Published:  25 June, 2014

A forecourt manager in Southend has helped the local community raise funds to replace a fish tank, at a pre-school, that was smashed by vandals.

Mark Dance, store manager, Toomeys of Southend, read in his local paper that vandals had smashed the fish tank at Mini Marvels, a local charity-run pre-school, and decided he wanted to help them out.

He explained: I didnt know the school or the staff but I thought of my own children and how devastated they would be to learn that the tank had been smashed and the fish killed.

Mark decided to start a forecourt collection and also sought a donation from his fuel supplier, Certas Energy, raising over 500. Another 500 contribution was made by Rochford Community Church, while parents and residents have donated toys and costumes.

With the backing of a local pet shop, he has now presented the children with a new top of the range aquarium and fish.

Its been a great community effort, said Mark. We had a collection tin at the till with a copy of the article from the paper about the break in. A lovely couple donated 20 after seeing the story in the Echo. It has been nice to have this response from customers.

The tank is a lot nicer than the one before, with tropical fish. The children can look at all the colours and learn about them as well.

Janine Gould, chairman of the pre-school, has been thrilled by the gesture, and commented: The children have been so excited. Im really overwhelmed by Mr Dances generosity and knowing that the local community is pulling together. Its nice to have a happy ending to this story.

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