‘Massive wave of support’ after break-in at charity

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS'Melanie Close, chief executive of Disability Equality North West
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS'Melanie Close, chief executive of Disability Equality North West
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Leaders at a charity which supports disabled people say they have been overwhelmed with kindness since their base was broken into.

Thieves targeted Disability Equality in Preston’s Church Street, damaging equipment and stealing cash, as well as 12 bags of sweets.

But bosses say, despite the anger at the break-in, they have had support and donations from families and businesses across the community since the news was reported in the Evening Post.

Melanie Close, the organisation’s chief executive, said: “The minute it went in the Lancashire Evening Post and on social media we had such a massive wave of support.

“Lyn’s Lunchbox in Savick, a little community cafe, messaged me straight away and asked how much the excess was on the insurance and gave us £150. TVS Supply Chain Solutions in Chorley has a charity giving scheme – their staff donate and then nominate a charity. They gave us a cheque for £250. Then we had individual donations. A couple from Larches came down and said, ‘We’ve seen it in the paper, it’s ridiculous’, and gave us £10.

“Someone else gave us £30.” They were also given a personal donation from Coun Christine Abram.

Melanie said the charity would have to have bars fitted at the windows, and said: “We can’t go through that again.”

She said: “The whole thing that was lovely was the number of people who said it’s really bad, we really hope it doesn’t stop you doing the good work.

“It gave me a real boost and I thought, ‘Pick yourself up, we do good work and that one person is in the minority’.

“The money and the donations were brilliant, but it’s more about the boost for me and for us as a group of disabled people.”