Carer gives £500 to charity for van repairs

From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
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A HOSPICE charity says it is grateful for a donation after one of its vans was vandalised by thieves.

The News reported that a Rowans Hospice charity van, used for transporting goods that are sold in its stores to raise funds, was damaged.

Thieves took a catalytic particulate filter some time between March 21 and March 23. Josh Gorrad, 23, a carer, of Wheatlands, Titchfield Common, read about the damage in The News and decided to donate £500 to the hospice.

Anne Yendell, director of income generation and communications, said: ‘I am overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness shown by Josh and on behalf of everyone at The Rowans Hospice, in particular the van drivers, a big thank you.’

The repair works would have cost £1,850, but Richmond Citroen, in Fitzherbert Road, Farlington, has agreed to carry out the work for £1,300.

Anyone with information about the theft should call 101 and quote crime reference number 44150099338.