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Doncaster Live at Home beneficiary Harry Clarke

A local charity which helps prevent the social isolation of older people has been targeted by burglars.

Doncaster Live at Home enables older people to stay living independently in their own homes for as long as possible, with the best possible quality of life.

Through befriending, lunch clubs, assisted shopping, activity sessions, outings, escorts to appointments and much more, Live at Home schemes across the UK help to tackle loneliness and isolation in people over 65 – helping them to lead fulfilled lives and remain as active members in their local communities.

Office equipment was callously destroyed. Money and even tea, coffee and milk were stolen from the premises during a break-in at Doncaster Live at Home. Live at Home is part of nationwide charity MHA and delivers a wide range of services to older people in the area.

Doncaster Live at Home need your help

The charity is now asking for donations to help them replace the equipment that was destroyed and the money that was taken.

To make an online donation, please visit: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/mha/doncasterlah or contact the scheme directly on 01302 769898.

Scheme manager Chermayne Bennett said: “Yesterday Doncaster Live at Home Scheme was burgled. As a result of this we had to cancel our barge trip that our members we very much looking forward to, so not only were the staff and volunteers disappointed but our lovely members have lost out on a day out that they have been looking forward to for a long time.

"We are obviously very upset as money was taken and our office equipment was damaged so we are now on the hunt for new equipment and will be fundraising to replace what we have lost at the scheme. If anyone can help us with fundraising or help us out with new equipment we would love to hear from you.”

About 100 older people regularly benefit from the services on offer at the charity – with activities ranging from exercise classes and lunch clubs to days out and coffee mornings.

Chermayne added: “They’ve destroyed office equipment that we need to run the scheme. It’s not just about the equipment, it’s about the older people it affects. We also had money taken. Money that was vital in allowing us to support older people from all over Doncaster. It is a despicable act that has affected the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 14/102255/8, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

To make an online donation, please visit: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/mha/doncasterlah or contact the scheme directly on 01302 769898.

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