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Thieves damage Norfolk homeless charity van

Christian homeless charity Emmaus Norwich has had its furniture van put out of action for several days after a callous theft recently.

 
EmmausVan450Sometime during the night of April 30, the Emmaus Norwich van, had several items stolen from it, including windscreen wiper blades, side mirrors, indicators and the starter motor. The theft was discovered on the following morning and was reported to the police, and resulted in the van being off the road for three days, costing the charity almost £400 for replacement parts and labour.
 
The van is essential to the running of the charity’s business of selling donated furniture and other items, used for both collecting and delivering. Income from the business helps towards the living costs of the five companions, all of whom have previously been homeless, but who now work and live at the Ditchingham community.
 
“Our van is a familiar sight around the area and it’s upsetting that thieves would target us as we are all working hard to make the community a success and build up our business so we can support ourselves and help others who are in greater need”, said Tim, one of the companions.
 
Nikki Budding, Senior Support Worker, added “It would seem that someone knew exactly what they wanted and came specifically for the purpose of stealing the items from the van.
 
“Emmaus Norwich gives you hope that those living on the streets will one day find a similar safe and secure place to live which will give them the opportunity to work and a feeling of worth, but this act has dented this feeling of security.”
 
For more information on Emmaus Norwich and ways you can help support, visit www.emmausnorwich.org  
 
The Emmaus Norwich furniture van with companion Bill.


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