SHEFFIELD Royal Society for the Blind is spending £100 a day on taxis after joyriders stole a minibus it uses to take people to and from its centre in Mappin Street.
Many of the passengers are elderly and housebound and depend on the bus, which was taken from a member of staff’s drive in the early hours of the morning and found crashed into a nearby lamp-post.
The charity’s insurers are assessing the extent of the damage and whether the vehicle should be written off.
General manager Steve Hambleton said: “The bus has our name on the front, back and both sides, so whoever stole it knew exactly what they were doing – it is shocking.
“For many of our clients their weekly visit to our centre is the only time they leave their home so we can’t deprive them of this small pleasure.
“Therefore, our only option is to use taxis to bring our clients in. With an estimated cost of over £100 per day and the likelihood of this continuing for many weeks, the costs could potentially run into thousands of pounds which is a nightmare for our charity in the current financial climate.”
He added: “By the end of this first week we will have spent between £500 and £600 and although we are looking at other options this could continue for a number of months if we have to buy a new bus and get it adapted for our users.”.