A Shaw Trust social enterprise in Seaham which provides training for disabled people was broken into for the third time last night.
Staff and clients were left heartbroken as vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the charity’s learning centre. Client’s personal possessions including pencil cases were taken and a charity collection tin.
The social enterprise which is also a nursery and garden centre provides life skills, horticulture and woodwork training.
We urge anyone with who can help identify the culprits to get in touch with Seaham Police Office on 0345 606 0365.
Increased security measures have now been put in place, but an appeal for donations has been launched to help meet the continuing cost of repairing the vandalism. To donate, please visit https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/en-GB/Get-involved/Donate.
Phil Wood, Enterprise Manager, said:
“We are devastated that a group of people think that it is acceptable to continue to do this to us. We are a charity and this will have a massive effect on our service users and their families.”
“On each occasion, these unscrupulous people have broken into our project, they have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, which are struggling to continually cover the costs of repairs.”
“We do not keep money onsite and the thieves have sunk so low as to take the charity tin. We hope that they are feeling very proud of themselves.”