Pocketful Kids activity centre set for closure

Sophie McNeill and Kerry Waddell from Pocketful Kids in Eyemouth who are holding a competition for Berwickshire children to design a flag to fly from Unity as it makes its way down the Thames for the Queens Jubilee Pagent
Sophie McNeill and Kerry Waddell from Pocketful Kids in Eyemouth who are holding a competition for Berwickshire children to design a flag to fly from Unity as it makes its way down the Thames for the Queens Jubilee Pagent

The Eyemouth activity centre that has entertained the town’s young children for the last year and a half is to close at the end of the month.

Pocketful Kids was the brainchild of Sophie McNeill and Kerry Waddell, a mother and an auntie, who started setting up the centre in 2011.

“We’re very sad,” said Sophie, “obviously this is not where you want to be just a year and a half down the line. but we set this up as a business first and foremost and we just couldn’t ride out the current economic conditions.”

She does have fond memories of the enterprise, though.

“We have no regrets at all, and it’s a really worthwhile experience,” she continued.

“I don’t know what we are going to do,” she said, thinking of the future, “I have been volunteering at Eyemouth Primary, and I know Kerry has social work experience, but obviously right now finding employment is most important.”

Parents and local businesses have been quick to commiserate with the duo.

Among those expressing sadness was South Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse, who tweeted: “Very sorry to hear your news - it is such a great business & I know how hard a decision it must be. Best wishes to you both.”