HARD-WORKING members of Pershore Town Football club have vowed to keep their doors open despite a raid by heartless thieves.
Around £4,500 worth of goods were stolen in the theft, which took place overnight last Wednesday (March 25) into Thursday morning, including lots of pitch and maintenance equipment from a sit-on mower to a roller, a spiker and chains and arrows.
Raiders are believed to have broken into the portable cabins in the club’s car park, off King George’s Way in Pershore.
But despite the theft, the Midland Football League Division One club have insisted they will remain as a community-based venture and will continue to fund-raise.
Ken Tallis, chairman of Pershore Town Football Club, said: “We have worked very hard for the last two years to get the club up to speed financially we have just got there and then this happens.
“We have 300 youngsters use the club every week while the first team have just won eight games out of their last nine.” he told the Observer.
Volunteers have devoted endless hours to keep the club afloat and while he admitted it was a ‘big blow’, Mr Tallis said the hard work would continue.
“At the end of the day this is not going to stop the club.” he added.
“It’s a big pain but it’s shown the community spirit which does exist in the town as we have already got a lot of support from locals.
“One very kind gentleman has already lent us his lawnmower and if there is anyone out there who can support us in anyway, including financially we would love to hear from them.
It’s believed the stolen items were loaded onto a vehicle on the nearby car park.
Anyone that has any information about the theft should contact the police on 101 and quote crime number 22CD/19804A/15.
Anyone who can help the club with donations of any kind is asked to call 01386 556902