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A CHARITY’S chairman has suffered a double blow after having his home vandalised just a few days after a burglary.

Mike Wood, chairman of the Disabled Sailors Association, was devastated when the group’s charity shop, Fareham Models and Raceway, in Cranleigh Road, Portchester, was burgled.

As reported previously, thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to the building and to the charity’s boats and equipment.

Now Mr Wood is having to clean up after his home was vandalised with obscene graffiti.

The graffiti poked fun at the fact he uses a wheelchair.

Mr Wood woke up on Saturday morning to find the graffiti on the side wall of his house, on the corner of Wych Lane and Conifer Grove, Bridgemary.

Mr Wood, 65, said: ‘It just knocks the stuffing out of you.

‘I feel like being sick.’

But he said he was not going to let the vandalism keep him feeling down for long.

He added: ‘With the list of problems we have had, this is pretty insignificant.’

Since an article appeared in The News about the burglary, the charity has had several pledges of donations, including one for £1,000.

The charity provides sailing for 2,000 disabled people every year in its unique wheelchair-accessible yachts and dingies.

Fareham Models and Raceway raises funds by repairing and selling radio-controlled models of helicopters and model cars.

It was broken into sometime between lunchtime on September 22 and lunchtime on September 24.

It is estimated that more than £20,000 of stock was stolen.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.