Salisbury charity having to replace van after it was vandalised

Damage to Serve On Van in Chilmark

Published by Ellie Harries at 5:30am 13th August 2018.

Serve On have had their support unit put out of use and will now have to fundraise for a new one.

The charity volunteers all over the world, helping out local and international communities during times of crisis - aiding in things like flood and earthquake relief.

They store kit in their vans, so they can get away at a moments notice to the incidents.

One of those vans is now completely out of use after it was vandalised on their training ground in Chilmark, and a new one will now need to be bought.

Damage to Serve On Van in Chilmark
Damage to the inside of the van

Craig Elsdon, Operations Manager for Serve On, explains the full extent of the damage:

He says they've now assessed the damage and come to this conclusion;

"We have looked at our small fleet and decided that we can most benefit from replacing the vehicle with another.

"Our intent is to fundraise and get another vehicle that will be capable of supporting our local community and communities in flooding up and down the country.

"This setback has further stiffened our resolve to provide help, training, team work and opportunity to communities that dont have it. As well as supporting the emergency services and statutory authorities when then need it most.

"My offer to those responsible to come and find out what we do and perhaps direct their efforts in a more constructive fashion still stands. "

Damage to Serve On Van in Chilmark
The van is now out of action

FUNDRAISING

The Serve On team have already started to think of ways to fundraise and are hoping to scoop a share of £1,000 during September from Waitrose via their shopping token scheme.

If you can help, whether than be offering help towards the van or making a donation - contact the charity through their website here or call them on 01722 502596 or email info@serveon.org.uk.

Police are currently investigating the damage and want any locals to report any suspicious activity in the area to call them on 101.

If you have any information regarding the crime, you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you want to support the charity with a donation, you can do that online via the Charities Aid Foundation website.

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