The boss of a Cheltenham-based charity has said he was “blown away” by the response of a local mobility equipment distributor after a group of youths vandalised six powerchairs belonging to the charity.
Brian Dix, CEO of Goals Beyond Grass, said he was “hurt” by the news of the vandals, who gained access to the chairs and used them as “battering rams”, causing thousands of pounds of damage.
But when the charity’s partner, local equipment dealer Disabled Care and Mobility Ltd, heard of the damage its first response was: “Put the chairs in the van and we will get them sorted”.
In a social media post, Mr Dix said a “group of idiots had got into the storage area to cause damage and mayhem to our powerchairs and equipment”.
“Please be assured we will repair and put right all damage and nobody will suffer because if some mindless person.
“I am not ashamed to admit this morning has hurt me and if there were tears then they were there for a reason.
“What I would like to say is a massive [thank you] to our fantastic partner DC&M Ltd…whose first reaction was bring the chairs down and we will sort them.
“Blown away guys thank you so much.”
Mr Dix arrived at the charity’s centre on Friday to collect the powerhciars for a football session in the afternoon when he discovered the vandalism.
According to a local newspaper, Mr Dix said the vandals had kicked panels off the powerchairs, broke switches and caused the bumpers to bend out of shape.
Twelve out of the charity’s six powerchairs were damaged.
Image: File image. Credit: Goals Beyond Grass.