Good causes hoping to recover cost of stolen items through generosity of the public

Three Wigan based charities are hoping the generous-hearted public can come to their rescue after thieves ransacked and robbed their shared building.

Think Ahead Stroke, Talk First and Embrace Wigan & Leigh were all raided by burglars on the night of Monday 14th January 2019, making off with a range of items, including laptops and damage costing over £6500.00 to repair and replace.

The three local charities, all based in Ashland House Wellbeing Centre on Manchester Road, in Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Greater Manchester, are now hoping that public generosity can recoup the cost of the theft and avoid any short term disruption to the delivery of vital local services.

Think Ahead Stroke is a stroke support, advice and information charity for stroke survivors, their carers and families, offering a range of services including group activity sessions, one-to-one mentoring and stroke specific wellbeing courses.

Embrace Wigan & Leigh is a charity dedicated to supporting and enhancing the lives of local disabled people and their families, while Talk First is a resolutions charity providing mediation to resolve family conflict.

If people would like to help all three charities recoup their unfortunate losses they can make contributions via a specially created just giving page.

To make a donation please visit www.Think-Ahead.org.uk/Appeal/charitiesburgled 

Think Ahead Strokes’ Executive Managers Carol Sankey said: “It was such a shock and an upset when I was woken up in the middle of the night and informed of the break-in.  I was dreading it driving to the office to inspect the damage and find out what was taken.

“I was even more saddened when I discovered all three charities had been hit. We’re like a little community in this building, looking after each other and working hard to make a difference in what can be quite deprived communities.

“Resources are precious, so we often share items so services can be delivered - £6,500 might not sound a huge figure, but to us it is months of fund raising

“Hopefully some of the cost can be recouped by insurance, but that could take months, so if people are able to make a donation, even just a pound or two towards the stolen items it would make such a big difference, and help beat the burglars.”