Dairy pays for ambulance repairs
A charity's ambulance damaged by graffiti-spraying vandals is back on the road after a dairy paid its clean-up costs.
The Age UK vehicle, which carries elderly people between their homes and the Clarence House centre, was taken out of action last month when vandals caused £1,000 worth of damage to it.
After hearing of the attack, dairy Kirby & West donated the money for the repairs.
The donation comes after the company pledged £20,000 towards replacing another of Age UK's vehicles – a minibus – which was burnt-out in last summer's riots.
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The new £45,000 minibus is due to be delivered in time for Christmas.
Anthony Donovan, executive director of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, said: "We're extremely grateful to Kirby & West for helping us once again.
"Unfortunately, our vehicles have been the target of vandalism twice and without the generosity of Kirby & West, we wouldn't be able to continue providing the same level of service, which many rely on."
About 100 people use the Age UK ambulance service each week, travelling from home to Clarence House, where they can have a meal, take part in activities and receive information and support.
Kirby & West managing director Graham Smith said: "When we heard about the graffiti, we immediately wanted to help to get the ambulance back on the road. The vehicle allows elderly people to continue living independent lives and is an invaluable service to many local residents.
"We're always keen to support community projects."