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KIND-HEARTED van owners have come forward to offer help to a hospice which has seen its vehicles left out of action after vandalism.

The Rowans Hospice said that people have been calling to provide help, after reading about the charity’s plight in The News.

Two vans owned by The Rowans Hospice Trading Company were vandalised.

They had their tyres let down and bricks were used to smash the windscreen.

The vans, which have been described as a lifeline for the charity, are being repaired.

The attack has created a backlog of stock, as it can’t be moved to its shops and sold on.

The vans are being repaired this week and hiring vans has cost the hospice £250.

The trading company’s facilities manager Vanessa Gilding said: ‘We have had people call us to offer the use of their vans while ours are being repaired.

‘I would like to say thank you on behalf of everyone at the Rowans for these kind offers.

‘We are in the process of checking insurance details, and making sure we can use the vans correctly.’

The trading company has its stock sorting office in Marshlands Road, Farlington, Portsmouth.

It has three vans in total – one with a tailgate to transport furniture – which move donated items to and from the warehouse.

Secure parking has been offered to the company by other businesses in the Farlington area. Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for information about the attack.

The vandalism is thought to have taken place between 5pm on Saturday, March 8, and 7.50am, on Monday.

Anyone with information can call Cosham police station on 101.