AIR ambulance staff are appealing for urgent support after two of their charity superstores were hit by thieves over the Christmas period – whilst the lifesaving service continued to work 24/7 for those in need.
The two superstores targeted by thieves were ‘The Hanger’ in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, and ‘The Hanger’ in Alfreton, Derbyshire.
The thieves left costly damage in gaining access to both superstores smashing windows and a wooden door frame, where they took a variety of high-value goods.
The store in Alfreton had donated games and consoles taken, while the store in Melton Mowbray had its safe contents stolen as well as new goods and donated high-quality items from electrical consoles through to fashion clothing and accessories.
Items and monies stolen were valued at over £3,000 and were essential income for the charity which operates the local Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) – a vital frontline service which was tasked to over 2,000 potentially lifesaving missions last year.
And now the charity is appealing for help in seeking support for the losses incurred through the break-ins – to offset the financial impact, and to continue ensuring funds raised and donations given persist to benefit the lifesaving service.
Commenting on the superstore’s plight, the store manager at The Hanger in Melton Mowbray, Kerry Martin said:
“Our hard-working staff and volunteers have been heartbroken by this attack. For thieves to target a charity that raises vital funds to help save lives is beyond belief.
“The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance only exists to provide lifesaving care to those in greatest need but, instead of money going towards the vital service, we now need to incur the cost of the damage made in gaining access to both superstores, as well as losing the income the stock would have generated.
“Not only did the thieves in Melton Mowbray cause damage gaining access, but whilst inside, the store’s music system was cut out and stolen and the till was damaged.
“We really need support at this time and would greatly appreciate any donations from our local Derbyshire and Leicestershire communities.”
Anyone wishing to support the lifesaving charity can visit: www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk or call 0300 3045 999.