STAFF at a not-for-profit food help organisation have launched a fundraising appeal after their van was stolen.
Community interest company Food Aware’s Citroen Relay van stolen was two weeks ago from Park Road, Mexborough.
The company has now launched a £15,000 crowdfunding appeal to help pay for a new van.
Sean Gibbons, managing director of Food Aware, said the theft had been “really devastating” and had “pulled the heart out of our operations”.
Food Aware supports around 1,000 people each week across Doncaster, Rotherham and the surrounding area.
It works with around 40 organisations, collecting and redistributing surplus food from supermarkets and warehouses and delivering food, toiletries and everyday essentials to foodbanks and those who need them.
It has also helped to collect and deliver personal protective equipment, hand gel and masks during the pandemic.
Mr Gibbons, who also represents Mexborough on Doncaster Council, said the van was the company’s only vehicle, which meant it had been unable to carry out collections and deliveries this week.
Mr Gibbons said the company had submitted a funding bid in for two new vehicles and he was hoping that would be successful.
He said firms had also offered temporary use of their vans as well to help the company collect and deliver food in the coming days.
Mr Gibbons asked people to look out for a seven-year-old Citroen Relay, registration SK14 WNA.
Anyone with any information about the incident should call 101 quoting investigation number 14/165472/21.
Visit https://tinyurl.com/yjba2xur to donate towards the company’s new van.