Charity caravan is raided a second time

Burglars raided a Ben's Den caravan for a second time.
Burglars raided a Ben's Den caravan for a second time.

Heartless burglars have broken in to a caravan used by terminally ill children and stolen hundreds of pounds worth of donated equipment.

The caravan in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, was bought by Ilkeston charity The Ben Parker Trust – better known as Ben’s Den –to provide holidays for sick kids and their families.

During the raid on Friday night, they took a flat screen TV and Wii games console – bought using charity donations – as well as DVDs and Wii games, many of which had been left by families using the caravans.

Tracey Parker, who set up the charity with husband Darren in memory of their son Ben, said she could not believe burglars could be so callous.

“They can’t have been thinking about anything else but themselves,” she said.

“All of the sponsorship money we collect from people doing things like biking from John O’Groats to Lands End – all their hard work has been for nothing. It’s a joke.”

The equipment stolen was worth about £500 and Tracey said they will now buy an alarm system worth £400.

Burglars targeted one of the charity’s two caravans in March when they ruined the carpet by pouring salt and bleach all over it.

Anybody who has anything they would like to donate or can help Tracey and Darren in any way, call 07939 724793.