Crowdfunding page set up by Oldham Foodbank after cruel raid

Date published: 08 January 2019

Volunteers at Oldham Foodbank have started the clean-up operation after they were raided by an ‘unknown offender’ over the weekend.

During the incident a number of items were taken including tablet computers, a tower PC, hard drive, food and around £200 in cash.

Foodbank volunteers have now set up a crowdfunding page in a bid to try and get the money back and help pay for the equipment which was stolen during the burglary.

Police say they believe it happened between midday on Saturday (5th January) and 9.50am on Monday (7th January) when the volunteers returned to the building.

Oldham Foodbank took to social media to bid for locals to help them recover from the break-in and they’ve done the same to thank those who’ve come forward to help and vowed to continue helping people.

Speaking about what was taken, Oldham Foodbank have said: “The individual /individuals have taken tablets that were used for referrals to the fuel bank to enable those in crisis to receive an emergency payment and for a nationwide survey into foodbank from Edinburgh university.

“They have taken our main hard drive /pc all are password protected.

"They have obviously ransacked the office and damaged our filing cabinets.

“Alongside the items we need to replace, they have taken around £200 that was donated over the Christmas period which obviously provides much needed funds for the day to day running of the foodbank. 

"Food was taken too, so we are putting an appeal out for tinned fish, rice pudding, tinned fish, tinned tomatoes and uht milk.”

You can find their crowdfunding page, which they hope to raise £500 through, by clicking here.

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