A Newmarket scout group has fallen foul of thieves twice with the result that young people have lost out on outings after their minibus was stolen.
The 2nd Newmarket Scouts who meet at Houldsworth Valley School in Rowley Drive have been unable to take part in hill walking and camping outings since their minibus was stolen and written off last August.
And in December their headquarters was broken into, doors smashed open and a computer and refreshments for a carol service were stolen. A printer was also damaged in the raid.
The minibus was taken from the garages at the school where it was kept secure
The group needs to raise £6,000 to replace the vehicle as insurance would only pay out £850.
So far they have around £1,000 towards the fund.
Assistant scout leader Linda Marsh said: “It’s stopped us doing a lot of things with the children and being able to keep an eye on them when they’re out and about.
“We’re coming up for the camping season and that will impact on us. The minibus covered all our needs. We had places to go and this has trimmed our sails.”
The group has sent letters out to local studs and trainers seeking donations and plans to hold a stall on the town’s market.
Mrs Marsh said: “We’re all volunteers and put a lot of time into the group so it’s frustrating when things like this happen.”
Waitrose in Newmarket is currently collecting for the minibus fund through its Community Matters green counter collection where by shoppers post a green token and each month charities benefit from a donation by the supermarket.
If you would like to help the Newmarket youngsters get back on the road you can make a donation contact group scout leader Mike Marsh on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07814 207345.