TYRES have been stolen from two Myton Hospices vans, leaving the charity with only one vehicle to distribute to its 27 fundraising shops.
The alleged incident happened on Friday (May 10) at the charity’s distribution centre in the Herald Business Park, Gold Acres Lane, Binley.
The charity – which runs end of life care services – has been the target of a string of thefts, including having two vans stolen last December.
A charity spokesperson said: “After having two vans stolen we were incredibly thankful to have been gifted a replacement for one of them and our retail team have been operating with three vans instead of four ever since.
“Sadly, between 11.30pm and midnight on Friday, May 10 thieves struck again stealing six tyres from two of our vans.
“We are all incredibly sad that we have been the victim of another theft.
“Every year we need to raise over £9million to continue providing our services free of charge for people in Coventry and Warwickshire with terminal and life-limiting illnesses and their families.
“We rely on sales from our shops to raise at least £2million of this and we need our vans to transport stock and collect large donations.
“It is heartbreaking for everyone at Myton to think that someone would knowingly steal from a charity.
“With just one vehicle to cover our 27 shops across Coventry and Warwickshire, the team are asking for people’s patience at this time with furniture collections and deliveries.
“If you want to support Myton you can donate good quality, saleable items to your nearest Myton shop or at one of our three hospices, or find out other ways to donate and fundraise here.”
The charity has three hospices in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick, and has the only inpatient units in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Every year the charity supports more than 1,400 people and their families, in its three hospices.
It provides patient and family support services and community care through ‘Myton at Home’.