Community efforts get Rutland Laundry up and running

Oakham School has stepped in to help the owners of Rutland Laundry reopen for business while their shop, which was damaged by fire is repaired. Pictured are Oak School bursar Annika Hedrich-Wiggans and and Rutland Laundry owner Terry Black
Oakham School has stepped in to help the owners of Rutland Laundry reopen for business while their shop, which was damaged by fire is repaired. Pictured are Oak School bursar Annika Hedrich-Wiggans and and Rutland Laundry owner Terry Black
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The community has rallied this week to help get a laundry business damaged by fire back up and running cleaning clothes.

Rutland Laundry, in Melton Road, Oakham, was damaged by fire and smoke on April 8 and had to close.

Fire damage at Rutland Laundry, Oakham.'Photo: MSMP100413-002ow

Fire damage at Rutland Laundry, Oakham.'Photo: MSMP100413-002ow

But the firm has battled to get back in business and has been boosted by offers of help.

It is now using Oakham School’s laundry facilities to clean clothes and will be able to operate from temporary premises behind the damaged shop from Monday provided by Rutland Building Services.

The laundry is collecting people’s clothes until the temporary shop opens.

Rutland Laundry owners Mandy and Terry Black said they were delighted by the support.

Terry said: “When we got the phone call from the school we just couldn’t believe it.

“They’ve been incredibly generous to let us use their facilities.

“We now just need all of our customers to know that we are back up-and-running.”

Bursar at Oakham School Annika Hedrich-Wiggans: “We are all keen to see our local independent businesses survive, especially during the current economic climate, and I know that there has been much discussion in Oakham of how we might prevent yet more shops on the High Street from closing down.

“Here seemed an obvious opportunity for Oakham School to help.

“Our own in-house laundry contains machines similar to Mandy and Terry’s, and it is a pleasure to do our little bit to assist them during what is such an upsetting and difficult time for them.”

Customers who want their laundry collected should call 01572 7565 927 or 07801 459 852.

They are also urged to call before dropping off laundry.