Supplies that are expected to be distributed to vulnerable people in dire need during the coronavirus epidemic have been stolen from a city center depot.
Around 10,000 pounds of essential items – including diapers, baby sunscreen and food – were stolen during the raid on the holiday weekend.
The supplies had been collected through generous donations to the Covaid-19 appeal, which aims to raise funds for the most vulnerable people in Greater Manchester.
The Manchester evening news he joined forces with the mayor of Greater Manchester and raised more than £ 19,000, enough to feed hundreds of families in need during the virus outbreak.
But when volunteers arrived at the Swan Street donation store in central Manchester on Monday morning, they found that items worth between £ 7,000 and £ 10,000 had been stolen.
Tim Heatley, president of the Greater Manchester mayor’s charity, says security has been increased following the theft.
The coronavirus epidemic has left many people across Greater Manchester struggling with access to food, bases and other support. Many of them are self-insulating, often in fragile health and alone.
Public services have worked hard to find and help them, but we know they are too tense and work 24 hours a day.
So the Manchester Evening News and the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s charity launched Covaid-19, a fundraiser aimed at supporting those most in need of help, from the elderly without a support network to homeless families living in hotels.
The money will be distributed through the mayor of the Greater Manchester charity.
You can donate by visiting our JustGiving page here.
“The depot is managed by volunteers and they have worked hard to stack, pack, label and group everything. Then in a weekend thieves destroy everything for their personal gain.
“They were particular about what they got – it seems to be stuff they can sell on again.
“But the people they’re trying to sell this stuff to are probably the people we’re trying to help.
“You must be bad enough to affect this stuff.
“And it goes without saying that all supplies must be donated to charity because there is a huge sign outside.”
Tim believes that thieves hit overnight between Friday 8 May and Sunday 10 May.
“They broke in and took the high-value items they can sell like tuna cans, baby diapers, sunscreen,” he says.
“They also took a lot of electronic cigarettes that we were about to distribute to people who are trying to quit smoking during the pandemic.
“These are all things that would have been distributed to vulnerable families.
“Our volunteers worked seven days a week and this weekend was their first couple of days off.
“They just ransacked the place.
“They are pallets and pallets of stuff, it seems they have been detected in multiple visits.
“Now we will strengthen security.
“If anyone can help us with further supplies, it would be fantastic, but if not, donating to Covaid no matter how big or small the donation is.”
The coronavirus epidemic has left many people struggling to access food, bases and other support.
Many are self-insulating, often in fragile health and alone.
Our appeal aims to help people who are too tense and who work 24 hours a day to support them.
Hundreds of generous people have given money to Covaid-19’s appeal so far with donations that now reach over £ 19,000.
A £ 10 donation could provide a box of toys and puzzles to keep the kids entertained, or weekly “company” calls for seniors who need it most.
A £ 15 donation will cover a package of basic food and drink for a week.
If you can stretch to £ 20, this could provide daily house calls for vulnerable older people, while £ 50 covers a package that includes clothes, food and, if necessary, baby supplies, as well as debt or budget advice.
We know that times are difficult for everyone and not everyone will be able to give much.
But big or small, your donation will make a huge difference for all types of people, from the elderly to homeless families living in hostels.
To find out more and donate, visit here.
All money raised will be distributed through the Greater Manchester charity mayor.
This usually focuses on helping the homeless, but during the pandemic, it is launching a new campaign to raise funds to help all those who may be vulnerable as a result.
The money will be used to help existing charities and volunteer organizations purchase food packages, toiletries, other bases, care and specialist support – emotional, financial or even with IT – for those who need it most. .
The mayor’s charity has been running for two years and raised over £ 2 million.
Andy Burnham says that coronavirus represents the biggest challenge ever.
“I would encourage anyone who can donate to the mayor to do it, and help change lives,” he said.