Club for young people with special needs launches appeal after break-in

Gabriel, one of the young people who attends the Papworth Trust club which is trying to raise money to replace items stolen druing a break-in
Gabriel, one of the young people who attends the Papworth Trust club which is trying to raise money to replace items stolen druing a break-in
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A club which provides activities and opportunities for young people with special needs is appealing for donations after thieves stole electronic items and DVDs and caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

The weekly club is run by the Papworth Trust and meets on Saturdays and occasionally during school holidays at the Melton Street Community Centre.

It caters for about a dozen young people aged from 11 to 17, providing them with art and craft activities, cooking and entertainment – as well as the opportunity to socialise.

However, between December 28 and January 4, thieves broke into the centre and stole a number of items including a games console, DVDs and CDs.

Alison Merrilees, who runs the weekly club, said: “Our young people to try new things and make friends. This theft is a real blow as we rely on fundraising to buy equipment like this.

“We are appealing to local individuals or businesses that might be willing to donate money or equipment to the club to replace the stolen goods.”

Alison said that since the break-in, the club has been improvising activities and that some parents had loaned items as temporary replacements for the stolen goods.

She added: “The main thing that was taken was a film projector, which we use to put on films on a large screen.”

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Alison at alison.merrilees@papworthtrust.org.uk or phone 07792 204892.

For more information about the Papworth Trust, visit www.papworthtrust.org.uk.

Here is the Telegraph’s original piece about the break-in.