Vandals broke into children’s charity, Kids Inspire in Great Baddow over the May bank holiday weekend.
Locks and glass were smashed and the building was ransacked for petty cash and foreign change – which has long been an income stream for the charity.
This came after the staff completed over 100 acts of kindness to celebrate the Captain Tom 100 Challenge weekend and almost exactly two years after they moved into the building.
Christine Vincent, Kids Inspire clinical administration supervisor was the first to discover the vandalism. She said: “The team spent all day sweeping up glass, repairing broken locks and doors and clearing up paint and fire extinguisher foam that had been thrown around.”
Head of operations, Vicky Haylock said: “Our office is a remote building on a temporary lease and sadly an alarm is not much of a deterrent. Our insurance excess is high, so it is not worth claiming for what has been taken and for the damage done.”
After sharing the incident on social media, the local community came forward to offer their support.
Vicky went on to say: “The silver lining has been the supportive, kind comments we have received. They have offered their time, money and services to help us get back to normal which has been lovely to see.”