CHRISTMAS is supposed to be a time of goodwill - but employees at a Rugby charity have been left devastated after vandals attacked their property.
Rugby Myton Day Hospice, in Barby Road, was targeted over the weekend when thugs smashed a hole in the white sign which directs visitors from the road - costing the charity hundreds of pounds.
The sign was replaced three months ago and the new design was fixed to the face of the original which had been in place for over a decade.
Myton chief executive Kate Lee said: “We are devastated. It is really sad to think that people would do this – especially at this time of year when we are working hard to try and make Christmas as good as it can be for our patients and their families. A new sign will cost £600 and that is £600 which we could be spending on patient care. We have to raise £6.7 million a year and rely on the support of our local communities to run our services. It is horrible to think that there is someone out there who would want to damage somewhere which helps so many Rugby residents.”
The hospice, in the grounds of St Cross Hospital, is open five days a week and helps people with terminal illnesses including heart failure, motor neurone disease and cancer. It opened in 2002 and patients and staff will be celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2012.
This is not the first time the Myton Hospices have been targeted. Last summer thieves stole the metal butterfly from the entrance sign to the charity’s Coventry Hospice. There was a huge public response to the story and many residents and local businesses donated towards the cost of a new sign.
Mrs Lee added: “It is a real shame to end 2011 with such a negative story and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past year. We simply can’t do it without you.”
The Myton Hospices help more than 2,000 patients and their families every year at hospices Rugby, Warwick and Coventry.