Leamington charity volunteers left devastated after van is stolen

Helping Hands volunteer, Paddy Kirkman, with the van that was stolen. 7tyNDiJXEI6257XNzVgA
Helping Hands volunteer, Paddy Kirkman, with the van that was stolen. 7tyNDiJXEI6257XNzVgA

Volunteers at a Leamington charity have been left “devastated” after a van which aids with the good cause’s vital work was stolen.

Helping Hands has issued an urgent appeal for help after the vehicle was taken over the weekend.

The white short wheel base Ford Transit van, registration OV61 MME, is thought to have been stolen on Saturday night from Hitchman Road in Leamington where it had been parked.

The awful news comes after a hugely successful Sleep Out on Friday night, raising around £10,000 to help support the homeless.

The transit had been packed full of soggy cardboard and polystyrene from the Sleep Out, a giveaway for those keeping an eye out.

Helping Hands Community Project and Homeless Outreach assists people in the local community who are in need, and provide support to local homeless people around Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick.

Amey Construction Ltd donated the van to Helping Hands and it has been used for the charity House2Home Project.

Susie Mehta, a Trustee from Helping Hands, said the crime has now been reported to the police, but the support of the local community is imperative to ensure the return of the van.

“We’ve all been in such high spirits after the Sleep Out on Friday night,” she said. “We didn’t see anything this awful happening after such kindness had been shown the night before.

“We can’t believe it, we are all devastated. If anyone saw anything on the night or sees the van, please get in touch with the police.”

If anybody has any information regarding the whereabouts of the van, please call the police quoting the crime reference number 23S5/40908P-16.