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Toy shop affected by flood thanks toy trade for generosity

Published on: 24th January 2016

The Toy Shop in Cockermouth was hit by the floods in the North.

cockermouth480Jonty and Fiona Chippendale of The Toy Shop in Cockermouth have sent their thanks and gratitude to the members of the toy trade who supported them in such a difficult time.

The letter reads:

Dear Sir,

This is just a short note to thank the many suppliers who sent us stock to help with our shop’s recovery post flood 2015. (It is somewhat worrying that when referring to flooding we now have to distinguish between 2009 and 2015).

Thanks to the generosity of the toy trade we have been able to continue to trade through to Christmas, albeit in a slightly Heath Robinson fashion.

As well as enabling us to create some much needed cash flow at a critical time it has allowed us to pass on your generosity to the flood affected children of the region which has brought much needed Christmas cheer too many hard hit Cumbrian households.

“You absolutely beautiful human beings. We’ve just had a black bag full of parcels delivered to us in Flimby that you have so very kindly donated to my children who have are spending Christmas away from home due to the floods. I cannot thank your generosity enough. This is an extremely touching gesture that is very much appreciated. Thank you so much!” was just one reply we were emailed, with many more being given in person and via the voluntary groups, with whom we cooperated in the distribution. Santa had a busy time.

In the aftermath of a flood a gift is more than just the product itself, it is a sign that others are thinking of you and wishing you well. Just as the few toys sent to this lady’s children lifted her spirits and gave her much needed comfort, so the many toys we received from our fellow toy trade members gave us the strength and resolve to grab the situation by the scruff of the neck and carry on. People say that community is dead but I can assure you they are wrong. Communities, whether local or trade, are not dead they are emphatically alive and kicking. I know this for a fact and the toy trade’s generosity is my incontrovertible evidence.

We still have much to do but we are tackling it on a step by step basis. Slatwall does not like water! So much of the lower four foot will be replaced. Fortunately after the last flood we rebuilt in horizontal bands so the top layer is safe. When we re-fit, the bottom 300mm will be made of impervious materials and the floor will be rubber tiles. We intend to take further resilience measures including a sump, pump and generator. This may seem excessive but next time we will most likely have no insurance cover at all, not even with an eye watering excess as at present, so we must take steps to minimise our loss.

While we are not yet at the stage where we are able to place orders, we are starting to look ahead to the day when we can and with that in mind will be spending Monday at Toy Fair to get ideas for our second half ranges. We hope to visit many of the stands and thank people personally for their kindness, but as we are so time limited we would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank you all and hope that if we did not catch up with you at Olympia we will see you at the Toymaster May Show in Harrogate.

Jonty and Fiona Chippendale.

The Toy Shop (Cockermouth).

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