A HOSPICE has been left ‘devastated’ after ‘heartless’ thieves stole a part from one of its vans.
The Shakespeare Hospice’s only large van was parked at its Avenue Farm shop overnight on Thursday (May 30) – and when volunteers arrived on Friday morning they found the catalytic converter had been taken from the vehicle.
Bosses say it will have a huge short-term impact on the charity as it will be unable to collect donated furniture and complete large deliveries. – affecting its income.
A spokeswoman said: “Last night heartless thieves stolen the catalytic converter off our only large van.
“We are devastated by the short-term impact this will have on our ability to collect donated furniture and complete deliveries, which provides a valuable source of income to the hospice.
“We are already struggling to raise the £2.4million we desperately need to continue providing valuable care and support to patients and their families when they need us the most, covering all of South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds.
“Staff and volunteers are shocked by this theft which is on the increase across the country.”
The theft comes just weeks after tyres were stolen from two Myton Hospice vans in Coventry – and two of the charity’s vehicles were also taken in December.
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