Heartless thieves target cancer charity

The Calman building site.
The Calman building site.

CHARITY bosses are angry following a break-in at the site of a proposed new cancer support centre.

On Monday, we reported Cancer Support Scotland had devised a final push to complete a new building to help those coping with the disease.

The organisation is urging people to buy-a-brick to raise the final £165,000 of the £420,000 to complete the building of its Calman Cancer Support Centre in the grounds of Gartnavel hospital.

However, thieves struck sometime between last Thursday evening and Friday morning and stole up to £5,000 worth of equipment including three battery drills, a sander, a router and a jigsaw.

Site manager Richard Shields said: “They unscrewed the plywood shutters and then put them back together so when we came in in the morning it looked like the place hadn’t been disturbed.

“For the joiners, this more or less stopped work on Friday.

“I’m just disappointed that somebody would do that, it obviously affects the livelihood of these guys; a lot of them are self-employed.

“We’re doing this for a worthwhile cause as well.

“It’s disheartening that someone would do that”.

Chief executive Colin Graham said: “We plan to move to our new centre in under three months, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

“The construction workers got little work done on Friday.

“We are trying to create a new space for cancer patients and their family and friends – to support them.

“What these people have done is heartless and has angered us all”.

If anyone can help with this theft, they are urged to contact Partick police office.