Theft-hit Sheffield charity Amy’s House overwhelmed as donations reach £10,000

Children from Amy's House charity in Handsworth with new bikes paid for with donations after previous ones were stolen. Pictured are Max Orbell, six, Louis Williams, 14, Josh Ridale, 12, Sam Grantham, 16, Megan Lilley, Pamela Fawcett, and Antonia Seward. Photo: Chris Etchells

Children from Amy's House charity in Handsworth with new bikes paid for with donations after previous ones were stolen. Pictured are Max Orbell, six, Louis Williams, 14, Josh Ridale, 12, Sam Grantham, 16, Megan Lilley, Pamela Fawcett, and Antonia Seward. Photo: Chris Etchells

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A Sheffield charity targeted by thieves earlier this year has been overwhelmed with more than £10,000 of donations.

Staff and volunteers at Amy’s House, a Handsworth charity that cares for children with special needs, were devastated when specially-adapted bikes and scooters were stolen over the Easter weekend.

Children from Amy's House charity in Handsworth with new bikes paid for with donations after previous ones were stolen. Pictured are Max Orbell, six, Louis Williams, 14, Josh Ridale, 12, Sam Grantham, 16, Megan Lilley, Pamela Fawcett, and Antonia Seward. Photo: Chris Etchells

Children from Amy's House charity in Handsworth with new bikes paid for with donations after previous ones were stolen. Pictured are Max Orbell, six, Louis Williams, 14, Josh Ridale, 12, Sam Grantham, 16, Megan Lilley, Pamela Fawcett, and Antonia Seward. Photo: Chris Etchells

But support soon came flooding in, and thanks to countless donations from individuals and businesses, the charity can now offer those it cares for better equipment than ever before.

Chief executive Antonia Seward said: “It’s not stopped and people are still coming in with more donations. We’ve probably beat £10,000.”

The charity only employs two people, Anotnia and colleague Jayne Hurditch, and both have had to cut their hours to make sure as much as possible can go to the children. So the support in recent months has been invaluable.

“We are only a small charity so for us it’s massive,” said Antonia. “We are struggling for every penny. It really has saved us.”

Children from Amy's House charity in Handsworth with new bikes paid for with donations after previous ones were stolen. Pictured are Max Orbell, six, Louis Williams, 14, Josh Ridale, 12, Sam Grantham, 16, Megan Lilley, Pamela Fawcett, and Antonia Seward. Photo: Chris Etchells

Children from Amy's House charity in Handsworth with new bikes paid for with donations after previous ones were stolen. Pictured are Max Orbell, six, Louis Williams, 14, Josh Ridale, 12, Sam Grantham, 16, Megan Lilley, Pamela Fawcett, and Antonia Seward. Photo: Chris Etchells

Many people were compelled to donate after reading about the theft in The Star. Others heard Antonia on Hallam FM, and the radio station gave support through its Cash For Kids programme.

Amy’s House, based at Ballifield Primary School in Handsworth, cares for about 70 children from Sheffield and further afield.

Antonia said: “I just want to thank people for their support. We really can’t believe it. It seems to have raised our profile and made such a difference.”

Children from Amy's House charity in Handsworth with new bikes paid for with donations after previous ones were stolen. Pictured are Max Orbell, six, Louis Williams, 14, Josh Ridale, 12, Sam Grantham, 16, Megan Lilley, Pamela Fawcett, and Antonia Seward. Photo: Chris Etchells

Children from Amy's House charity in Handsworth with new bikes paid for with donations after previous ones were stolen. Pictured are Max Orbell, six, Louis Williams, 14, Josh Ridale, 12, Sam Grantham, 16, Megan Lilley, Pamela Fawcett, and Antonia Seward. Photo: Chris Etchells

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