We are a small registered charity that reduces isolation and improves wellbeing for around 200 people every week. To do this we depend upon our 4 vans, which enable our practitioners and their equipment to travel across Surrey and the surrounding areas for these weekly sessions.
The people we support are largely non-verbal and most live in care homes due to their complex needs and profound disabilities. The hour we spend with each person, is an opportunity for them to feel heard, valued and to receive the message 'you are good to be with'.
This crowdfunder is in response to a senseless and malicious act by thieves and vandals, who stole, stipped bare, and completely burnt out one of our vans.
The financial impact of this to our charity goes way beyond an insurance claim, there will be a significant gap between the cost to us and the claim we are able to make. With depreciation, the current market value only gets us about halfway to the van we need to buy. Our vans are fitted with substantial racking to house equipment, this van had also recently been fitted with 4 new tyres and new brakes, this is all at a loss to us. By the time you take in to account the additional hours we will have spent on this incident, as opposed to running our services, you can see how the total cost will far exceed the eventual insurance pay-out.
We fundraise around 25% of our annual income, a hit like this to our reserves has a negative ripple effect, at a time when funding is increasingly hard to come by.
Please donate to our crowdfunder and help us recover the costs of this incident, in order to minimise the impact on the people we support.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who have supported us so far.