Staff and users of a disabled day centre in Rugby were left devastated after £2,000 worth of charity funds were cruelly stolen.
Irene Moore, manager of the Hoskyn Centre for the Disabled in Rugby, said that nothing like this has ever happened in the 20 years she has worked at Hamilton House in Bilton Road.
Mrs Moore said: “We are all devastated.”
Almost £2,000 worth of charity funds were stolen from the centre sometime between January 28 and 30 after someone broke into the office.
Money will now no longer kept on the premises.
Mrs Moore said: “We all feel dreadful. This is such a set back for us. We’re all so shocked. It’s was really hard for all of us to pick ourselves up off the floor for a couple of days. That money has been donated to us by kind supporters who help us with fundraising.
“It’s knocked us sideways. People are so generous and kind and for some person to think it’s OK to come and take it. It’s demoralising.
“You know it goes on but when it happens to you...even though this is a charity it feels like home to us. It’s such an invasion of our privacy.”
The charity is a day centre for physically disabled people.
Meals are provided and trips and activities organised including shopping, bingo, pottery and sewing.
The centre, which is a listed building, costs around £50,000 to £60,000 per year to keep running.
Mrs Moore said: “I’ve just opened a gas bill this morning for £1,180 for a quarter. And you think ‘that money could have paid for that’, rather than us having to trying and raise that money again to replace it.”
Despite the theft, the centre is still running as normal.
“We will just carry on and keep the centre going. There’s such a good atmosphere here. We’re like a lifeline for a lot of people. We will bounce back and carry on fundraising more than ever.”