Thieves hit new hospice project

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Thieves have targeted St Catherine’s Hospice, stealing diesel for a generator used on a car park extension.

Two large drums containing around £240 of fuel were taken from the grounds of the Lostock Hall hospice.

They belonged to Jay Properties who are carrying out important works to extend the car park ready for the opening of The Mill cafe and community hub next month.

The diesel was being used to run a generator which powered the workers’ ‘welfare centre’ with flushing toilet, drinks facilities and shelter.

Stephen Greenhalgh, Chief Executive of the hospice said: “We were shocked and extremely disappointed to hear about this theft of materials from our site.

“We are excitedly looking forward to the opening of The Mill and carrying out the final preparations to ensure everything is ready for when we open out doors on November 24. Knowing that someone has deliberately targeted the work going on there and sought to disrupt it for their own personal gain is very upsetting for us and all our supporters.”

John Ainscough, managing director of Jay Properties, said that loading the drums would have involved more than one person, and a trailer or van would have been needed.

He added: “To think that people have driven into the grounds having seen the St Catherine’s Hospice sign and stolen from a company working on the charity’s behalf is appalling.

“They know perfectly well what a hospice is, the important work it carries out and the fact that they rely on charitable donations to be able to provide their services. It is a very sad day when a place like St Catherine’s is targeted with something like this.” It happened overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.