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