A CHARITY helping cancer patients and people with learning disabilities has been targeted by thieves.
An outboard motor for a boat owned by the Eden Rose Coppice was stolen from a storage shed on June 5.
The boat was being restored by team leader Rob Brooks for use by the seriously ill patients who visit the sanctuary.
Mr Brooks said: “It is difficult to understand why people steal from a cancer charity but it will not stop us moving forward to help people.
“Some people have already come forward with generous contributions to help replace the engine. Thanks to them, we should be ready to go again within two or three weeks.”
The Eden Rose Coppice is offered as a free sanctuary for the palliative care of people with life-limiting illnesses, such as cancer. It also aims to help people with learning disabilities.
“Our beautiful woodland areas are all maintained by young people with moderate and severe learning difficulties,” explained Mr Brooks.
“An example of the great work we do here is a young man who has five months to live.
“He had read just about every magazine going and was sick of watching TV, but now he is involved in maintaining the coppice he has a reason to get out of bed every day.”
The charity is based in Quay Lane, Sudbury. For more information, call 01787 225524 or visit www.withnature.org.