Charity’s plea after lead thieves strike

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A SHEFFIELD charity is asking for urgent donations – after thieves stripped thousands of pounds of lead from the roof.

The raiders struck overnight at the Cavendish Cancer Care centre, on Wilkinson Street, making off with lead facing and flashing worth up to £5,000.

Fundraiser Jonny Cole said staff discovered the theft when they started work yesterday morning and found water leaking in through ceilings.

“As a small local charity it’s very upsetting to be targeted in this way. Arriving at the centre and finding water pouring through the ceilings made us all very angry,” said Jonny. “Luckily we were able to muck in and get the centre cleaned up so we were able to continue helping cancer patients. We get tremendous support from the local community raising funds to support our care and this so disappointing.”

Jonny said the crime will have a ‘huge impact’.

“At the going market rate the lead is probably worth £3,500 to £5,000. That’s quite a big amount for us to raise.”

He said it was the second time the charity has been a victim of lead theft since Christmas, and plans are being made to replace the lead with a more modern replacement with no scrap value.

“We need to find funds for a more permanent solution,” he added.

n To donate visit www.justgiving.com/roofrepairs or text ROOF99 - followed by an amount of money, for example £5 - to 70070.

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