Sheffield veterans’ charity targeted by thieves

The roof after the theft

The roof after the theft

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A Sheffield centre for blind war veterans is facing a cold Christmas after thieves made off with about £10,000 of lead from the roof of their building.

Blind Veterans UK’s centre in Sheffield provides former service personnel the help and support they need to lead independent lives.

They currently lease one of their building, on Fulwood Road, Ranmoor, to charity Guide Dogs –the working name of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

The theft has meant the charity – and some dogs – have been forced to relocate to a staff member’s home.

As the weather continues to get wetter and colder, the holes in the roof are starting to cause more damage to the building’s interior – which means the cost of repairs could increase even further than the approximately £10,000 of damages so far.

Terry Heaton, manager of Blind Veterans UK’s Sheffield centre said: “This thoughtless theft has had a huge impact on the running of two local charities over the Christmas period.

“Many of our blind veterans train with the team from Guide Dogs and this will greatly hinder the progress they are making training with the dogs.”

Terry Smith, of Guide Dogs, said: “Our team in Sheffield have been so horribly affected by this theft.

“We have had to relocate to keep the dogs out of the damp and the fact it’s over Christmas has made it even harder.”

The centre is appealing for help repairing the roof. To make a donation towards the roof repairs, contact Mr Heaton at terry.heaton@blindveteranrs.org.uk or call 0114 2672 580.

n To donate towards Guide Dogs, contact Mr Smith on terry.smith@guidedogs.org.uk