Fundraising campaign launched to help the hospice cover cost of stolen vans

A box van and a Transit van were stolen from St Leonard's Hospice car park

Following the theft of two much-needed vans in just three weeks, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help St Leonard’s Hospice cover the cost of stolen vehicles.

We reported the devastation of staff at the hospice after a box van was stolen from their Tadcaster Road car park just three weeks after their Ford Transit van was taken from the same location.

YorkMix set up the fundraising page to help the hospice recover from this double blow. All funds raised go direct to the charity.

Director of income generation at the hospice said:

  • The vans are vital in our retail operation as they help us collect items to be sold to raise funds, deliver items to customers and transport stock between shops and our donation centre.

    Our insurance covers some of the costs but not all, and the rest must be topped up from funds that may otherwise be spent on patient care.

    We are devastated to have been targeted not once but twice, but are so grateful to the members of the public and YorkMix for rallying together to support us in this manner.

The idea of the campaign came from YorkMix reader Joe Reynolds, who responded to our story of the theft on FaceBook.

“They looked after my dad in his final weeks and got him well enough to come home. I can never thank them enough for the extra time they gave me and my family,” he said.

Many in the city will agree with this sentiment and hopefully support this local charity to ensure others can receive the same levels of care.

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