Heartfelt plea after theft from disabled

EMPTY GARDEN: Pictured are (from left) Simon Morris, Chris Johnson, Helen Bush, Sarah Jackson, Siobhan Thomas, education service manager Sue Larner-Peet and Alison Jameson who wrote to the  paper. SG230413-112TW
EMPTY GARDEN: Pictured are (from left) Simon Morris, Chris Johnson, Helen Bush, Sarah Jackson, Siobhan Thomas, education service manager Sue Larner-Peet and Alison Jameson who wrote to the paper. SG230413-112TW

Disabled students at a West Pinchbeck charity day centre have made a heartfelt plea for the return of furniture from their sensory garden.

Two tables and eight chairs, worth £3,500, were stolen from Sense Charity Day Centre in Glenside South between 6pm on Friday, April 12 and 8.30am the following Monday.

In a letter sent to the Lincolnshire Free Press, the students said: “Last year we developed a sensory garden. This was to enable us to enjoy the outdoor area and experience this beautiful environment.

“We were all very proud of the new garden and everyone worked hard to get it ready for an official opening in June. Some lovely tables and chairs were kindly donated by Lloyd Loom of Spalding.

“Now the weather has changed for the better we were looking forward to using this furniture, but somebody decided to steal them along with the heating oil.

“Now we are not able to sit and enjoy our garden and we are left feeling sad and angry.

“If you have any information on the theft please contact the police.”

Susan Larner-Peet, education services manager at the college, said: “Our beautiful and creative sensory garden is used to promote learning opportunities to learners with sight and hearing impairment.

“It’s a big loss, as it is difficult for our learners to use the garden without furniture. They are so disappointed –they were involved in the creation and planning of the space from the very start and were looking forward to enjoy the garden in the sunshine. We hope someone will come forward with information.”