THE team at a mental health charity were ‘appalled and disgusted’ after thousands of pounds worth of computers and PPE equipment including masks and gloves, were stolen when thieves smashed their way into their head office at the weekend.
Liver Care is a charity offering mental health support and supported accommodation to vulnerable adults and home care for the elderly and those with physical health issues.
They have two charity shops at The Strand in Bootle, as well as a head office and charity shop in Walton Vale, which was targeted at around 7.45am on Saturday, April 18.
As well as stealing computers, laptops and a monitor, which cost thousands of pounds, they also damaged the door, which will cost around £200 to fix and stole 2,000 pairs of gloves and 500 PPE masks.
But they didn’t stop there – stealing all of the money from the charity’s coffers, of around £200, as well as helping themselves to goods from the charity shop itself, which were donated by kind-hearted people from across Liverpool to fund the charity’s vital work.
Now the team, who are hoping to recoup the funds for the electrical equipment from the insurance, have created an online donations page at Just Giving as they will still be left out of pocket by ‘at least £1,000’ even if they are able to claim.
They have also left ‘set back massively’ by having limited computer equipment and are unable to order replacement PPE equipment due to national shortages.
To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/liver-care
Ray Elder from the charity got in touch with the Champion to say how ‘appalled and disgusted’ the team at Liver Care all are.
He said: “We got a call to say that our head office had been broken into and we were so shocked when we got down there. The door had been smashed in, it had been ransacked and they have stolen as many items that were worth selling on as possible.
“We have CCTV, but unfortunately it is not clear enough to definitely identify anyone but we are sharing the footage with the Champion.
“It’s disgusting that anyone would do this to a charity and we believe that the thieves will probably wipe the laptops and sell them. It will take us days to input the data – luckily, which was encrypted so nobody who stole it can see it – onto the new equipment.
“When we had a hamper stolen from our Bootle shop before Christmas and after the Champion shared our story, the community were so generous, rallied around us and gave us donations.
“We are appealing for the community, especially Champion readers, to back us again and make a donation, no matter how small, to our Just Giving page to help us to get back on our feet - and buy more PPE for our home-care providers.”
To help the charity, go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/liver-care