Thieves caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage this week after smashing into an Age Concern centre to steal a safe.Advertisement
On Monday 15 November, the thieves broke into Age Concern Central Lancashire’s activity centre, situated on Lourdes Avenue in Lostock Hall, damaging doors and equipment as they forced their way through the office seeking cash.
The centre has been part of the community for over 20 years. It reopened in August 2021 after closing its group sessions due to the pandemic.
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Director of Services Peter Rowbottom said: “Earlier this year, we reported that the charity was struggling due to the closure of our shops and reduced service levels, to now have been targeted by thieves is heartbreaking.”
“The charity is now left with damaged equipment, broken doors and stolen takings. An unwelcome cost and inconvenience to say the least, after such a difficult year.”
The centre has hosted more than 160 groups for older people who have suffered from isolation during the multiple lockdowns.
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In 2020, the centre, which is known for providing a safe place for older people to socialise, was re-purposed into a distribution centre where over 15,000 welfare bags, dementia packs and meals were distributed across Lancashire to the most vulnerable.
But Age Concern are not letting the event stop them from being a safe place for people to gather. They will continue to run groups such as Zumba, keep fit, art class and coffee mornings.
The planned Christmas Craft Fair event running on Saturday 27 November will also go ahead.
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The staff hope to generate enough funds to offset some of the repair costs caused by the break-in.
Rowbottom said: “Please support the centre and join us at the craft fair if you can. We will be joined by a choir, have mince pies on offer and be joined by several stallholders in addition to a tombola to raise funds for the centre.”
For more information, visit – https://www.ageisjustanumber.org.uk/category/events/activity-centre/
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