Boost for crime-hit char­ity


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Sue Kirby @suekir­byjp

Staff at a Wear­side firm have dug deep to raise cash for a chil­dren’s char­ity tar­geted by thieves.

Chil­dren and staff at Sun­der­land’s Box Youth Project, were left dev­as­tated when thieves stole their new van, which had cost them £8,500.

The project, which does work with young peo­ple and the com­mu­nity, said they couldn’t be­lieve any­one would do some­thing like that to a char­ity.

The theft hap­pened in Septem­ber and raiders cut through two sets of pad­locked gates with an an­gle grinder to take the van, which young adults, many with spe­cial needs, used to carry out work in the com­mu­nity to raise cash for the char­ity’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Lisa Wil­son-Rid­dell, the char­ity’s youth and com­mu­nity worker, said ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing all the chil­dren, was left very up­set by the theft.

In a bid to give the char­ity and the chil­dren a boost, staff at crane man­u­fac­turer Lieb­herr, in­vited a group of young peo­ple to spend the morn­ing at the plant and also handed over a cheque for £834.

Lisa said: “When they read about what had happed to us they wanted to do some­thing to help.

“It was re­ally fan­tas­tic of them to raise the money for us.

“The two ap­pren­tices who showed us around were bril­liant, they told the young peo­ple all about the work and re­ally en­gaged with them.”

The youth worker said she was very grate­ful to Lieb­herr for their sup­port.

The Box Youth Project, which is based in Sun­der­land’s Hall Farm Road, was set up 16 years ago and pro­vides scores of ac­tiv­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional events for young peo­ple.

Lisa Wil­son-Rid­dell with young­sters at The Box Youth Project af­ter their van was stolen and, inset, Nathan Ha­ley, front left, ap­pren­tice at Lieb­herr presents a cheque for £834 to Bradley Ford Stubbs from Project.

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