A public-spirited campaign to help a popular Brixham café keep local toilets open has received support from Tesco.
Chloe Pavely has had widespread backing after she took on the challenge of keeping the toilets open and cleaning up any litter left near her Fishcombe Cove Café, which is on the South West Coast Path between Brixham and Churston.
When word spread about these endeavours, community-conscious local Tesco colleague Dani McLeod wanted to help out, so she donated a wide range of cleaning products to ensure that Chloe could keep the toilets open for locals and holidaymakers.
Dani is acting manager at the Brixham Tesco Express store and has involved the store in numerous local initiatives aimed at helping communities across the Bay.
She said: “I know the café well and they’ve been doing so much to bring happiness to all the people who go there. The toilets are the only ones between Fishcombe and the harbour, so it was really important to keep them open.
“Chloe has been doing such an amazing job, so I really wanted to help her out. I asked her what she wanted, and she said that any products we could contribute would make a real difference, so I got her dusters, scrubbing brushes, mop-heads, anti-bacterial spray – as much as I could. I just wanted to do something to help.”
This is the second year that Chloe has been running the café and she was keen to build on its success in 2019, so to be told by Torbay Council that the toilets would not be opening and the rubbish not picked up was heart-breaking.
But she pledged to undertake the extra work herself, with help from sister Emilia, and she also set up a JustGiving page, which has raised hundreds of pounds already.
Chloe said: “I’m so grateful to Tesco for their donations. It really has made a difference to what we’re doing here. When Dani heard about our situation, she wanted to do what she could. It’s been wonderful.
“With COVID regulations, we have to clean the toilets twice a day, which is expensive, but Dani drove down here and delivered the products to us, and we were really happy to see her.
“The community has been great for us and made such a difference. Now, more than ever, it’s so important to see how powerful it can be when a community comes together. We just want to help keep the café busy, keep the beach clean, look after the wildlife and create the best experience we can for people.”
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