The local community came to Thames Hospice’s rescue when thieves broke into the charity’s maintenance van and stole expensive power drills, specialist electrical equipment and hand tools, as well as damaging the vehicle.
The break-in caused significant disruption to the charity’s maintenance team, whose van was taken off the road to be repaired. However, a social media plea led to unprecedented acts of kindness from local people, including leading power tools manufacturer Stanley Black and Decker.
Colleagues from the global organisation’s Slough Head Office saw Thames Hospice’s Facebook post and, that very same day, arrived at the Hospice with new tools and equipment; incredibly, replacing every stolen item and more for free. As well as this, the public has donated nearly £800 to help the Hospice increase its vehicle security in the wake of the mindless attack.
Tom Fenwicke-Clennell, Product Director, Stanley Black and Decker, left with hospice staff