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Callous thieves steal hospice vans

Postby dutchman » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:42 pm

Callous thieves have stolen two vans from Myton Hospice – halving its retail fleet and affecting income at the busiest time of year

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The hospice has four vans which are used to transfer donations from its Distribution Centre in Coventry to its 25 charity shops, and to collect or deliver furniture to and from supporters’ houses.

But thieves targeted the Distribution Centre on Herald Business Park, Golden Acres Lane on two separate occasions – leaving the charity with two vans at the busiest time of year for its shops.

‘Devastated’ hospice bosses say the loss has left them incapable of keeping up with donations over the festive period.

The first theft happened at around 9pm on Thursday December 6 when a Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen. A blue Ford Transit was seen on CCTV towing the van away.

The second incident happened at around 6pm on Saturday December 15 and saw a second Sprinter van towed away by a white and green Ford Transit using the same registration plate.

Hospice spokeswoman Charlotte Ingram said: “It is devastating enough that someone would target a charity like Myton which supports people with terminal and life limiting illnesses. For it to happen so close to Christmas, a time which is meant for love, peace and sharing, is even more upsetting for everyone at Myton.

“This has a substantial impact financially on Myton, as well as directly affecting our ability to collect donations from the public at a time of year where many more people are buying from our shops and making donations. We implore anyone who has any information about the thefts to contact the police.”

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call 101 and speak to officers.

Email charlotte.ingram@mytonhospice.org, call 01926 838837 or click here to donate to Myton.

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Re: Callous thieves steal hospice vans

Postby dutchman » Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:17 pm

Hospice receives double the donations it hoped for on Giving Tuesday

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MYTON Hospices is giving three cheers after doubling up on Giving Tuesday.

The charity joined forces with others across the globe as part of a fund-raising campaign which urges people to think of those in need during the festive time of year.

And while the hospice – which has sites in Warwick, Coventry and Rugby – hoped to raise £3,000, staff were left delighted after more than £6,000 was donated.

The money will be enough to pay for two Myton home nurses to visit two patients for a month.

To help boost donations – which were mostly made through the charity’s website – staff sold chocolate bars, collections were held at various shops and Alveston Choir donated £150.

Charity spokeswoman Charlotte Ingram said: “We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped us to raise such a fantastic amount on Giving Tuesday.

“You all have helped make sure we can continue to be there for more people and their families when they need us most this Christmas.”

* MYTON Hospice’s Warwick shop has undergone a makeover.

The charity shop on Brook Street has been refitted and decorated to showcase its items off.

And its Coventry branch on Jubilee Crescent has recently reopened as the charity’s first clearance shop – with every item on sale for £1.

Volunteers are needed to lend a hand at the hospice’s 25 shops across the county.

Visit http://www.mytonhospice.org/shops to find out more.

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