Young people in Spalding are still planning a glitter-themed fun run for charity, in spite of vandals causing more than £1,500 damage to their own meeting place. The Vista Crew has organised a three-mile fancy dress fun run to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
It comes as some light relief after vandals smashed their way into to the Vista community hall two weeks ago.
Damage to the hall is thought to be costing the Vista community hall between £1500 and £2000 in repairs. It has also meant regular use of the facility has been disrupted.
Dave Sargent, who has helped to organise the charity fun run, volunteers at the Saturday drop-in sessions.
He said: “The damage has had an effect on us. We couldn’t use the main entrance at first because the area had to be barricaded to keep everyone safe due to the amount of broken glass in the area.
“The biggest drawback for us, oddly, was that all of the kettles in the kitchen had been smashed to pieces, which meant we couldn’t offer free tea and coffee initially at the drop-in session on Saturday but we managed to borrow a kettle. As far as we can tell nothing seems to have been stolen.”
The vandals who broke into the community hall also used most of the supplies from a first aid kit in the Vista to deal with an injury sustained by one of them, which led to a trail of blood being left in the area.
Dave concluded: “You just can’t believe how mindless this was. It couldn’t have been a drunk throwing bricks around, this seems much worse. They just smashed their way through into the building! It took a lot of people – volunteers - to clear up the mess that the vandals made. The local police have been really helpful and we’re very grateful to them.”
However, the community hall will be open on Friday night when bands from the Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire area perform at the annual VistaFest concert, which is also raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets will be £5 on the door.
The fun run event takes place on Sunday, with fancy dress being optional but themed “glitter” for those who wish to dress up.
Fifteen people are currently signed up.
Anyone wishing to take part is asked to donate £2 and meet at the Vista Community Hall at 11.30am.
For details and to donate visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheVistaCrew
l The hall has continued to be a target for anti-social behaviour. Mr Sargent added that at the weekend a children’s birthday party was disturbed when youths congregated outside and became threatening towards partygoers and parents. Police have asked anyone witnessing incidents should call 101.