27th Oct, 2016

Charity raided by heartless thieves

Evesham Editorial 11th May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

HEARTBROKEN staff at an Evesham charity which helps adults with learning difficulties into working life have been left devastated after a raid by thieves.

Caring volunteers from Evesham’s Working World were left in a state of shock when they arrived at work last Thursday (April 30) to find their building at Evesham Adventure Playground had been raided.

One of the windows to the building, which is a training centre for adults with learning disabilities, was smashed leaving glass covering the floor.

And as well as facing a clean up operation, the hard-working staff also had to console the centre’s users who were left distressed by the experience.

The community café, attached to the centre, where clients are trained in catering and hospitality had been broken into by the thieves.

Staff estimate 50 cans of fizzy soft drinks, a cash tin containing £5, a clock and a basket of 20 bags of sweets were stolen during the heartless raid.

The bags of sweets are packed at the training centre by its users and then passed on to local organisations across the Vale.

Project manager at Working World, Helen Hurdman told the Observer: “We arrived to find that the café had been broken into. There was glass everywhere.

“The clients were very distressed and upset to think that someone could break in and steal from an area that they feel very safe and valued in.

“After clearing up we resumed normal service with reassurance the clients were all fine.” she added.

Following the raid, Helen said police had examined footage from the Wednesday evening (April 29) and have stepped up patrols in the area to deter future raids.

Staff at Working World have also now installed a further CCTV camera in the cafe in a further bid to protect their building.

“I hope that it would stop people in the future,” Helen added.

Adults trained at Working World have been given a range of employment opportunities across the Vale including at ImaGine in Market Square.

Among the highlights for members in the past 12 months was when adults from Working World assisted during the civic reception at ImaGine for Evesham Mayor Charlie Homer.

Visit www.workingworldevesham.co.uk for more information about the charity.