Comedian Eddie Izzard is backing a campaign by parents to take over two Bexhill nurseries that are earmarked for closure.
The performer met the Bexhill Family Collective (CIC), who are fighting to save Cygnets, in Egerton Road, and Rainbow, in Ninfield Road.
He urged residents to put pressure on East Sussex County Council to respond to the not-for-profit group’s plan to provide affordable childcare in the area.
“The parents put their proposal into East Sussex County Council, but for whatever reason, it’s not getting back to them,” he said. “We have a solution here to save these nurseries at a time of Covid so surely they should respond.”
Eddie, who lived in the town and remains one of its greatest supporters, will also donate profits from two benefit gigs at the De La Warr Pavilion to the cause.
The shows – on Friday 25th September – will see him put on his work-in-progress solo readings of the Charles Dickens classic, Great Expectations, at 3pm.
And then at 8pm he will perform Wunderbar, his fantastic stand-up show. Tickets for both can be booked by clicking here.
Councillor Christine Bayliss, who arranged the meeting between Eddie and local parents, is encouraging everyone to support the shows and raise money for the campaign.
“Eddie was blown away by their determination and passion to continue to provide outstanding and affordable childcare in two of the most deprived wards in Bexhill,” she said. “Not only did he do a video recording his support – plus lots of photos – he has offered two fund raising gigs.”
A spokesperson for the Bexhill Family Collective, a not-for-profit community interest company set up by parents, said everyone was thrilled by his backing.
“We are lost for words at how amazing it is to have someone like Eddie Izzard supporting our cause to take over Rainbow Childcare Centre and Cygnets Child Care Centre, instead of closure.”
Click here for the Bexhill Family Collective’s Facebook page.