Vandals target Ilkeston Community Hospital

New figures have been released from the ONS
New figures have been released from the ONS

A Macmillan charity box has been stolen and a telephone was ripped off the wall at Ilkeston Community Hospital.

Twice in a month the hospital has been targeted, the first time the charity box was stolen and the second time just weeks later the telephone was pulled off the wall to access the cash box and refreshments were taken.

The League of Friends based at the hospital hope those responsible feel regret over their actions.

President Michael Perry said: “This represents a loss to the Ilkeston Community Hospital League of Friends at a time when the League are actively raising funds to provide for the hospital a range of equipment that will enhance the services provided by the Derbyshire Community Health Services

Foundation Trust.”
The first incident was between Friday, August 5 and Saturday August 6 and the second incident happened between Friday, August 19 and Saturday, 20.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “This hospital is not open all the time and it appears the doors was prised open to gain entry.”

The League has also entered into a project with the Trust to refurbish the Refreshment Bar through the generous donation of two Cotmanhay residents; work is due to take place over the coming weeks in conjunction with the refurbishment of the Reception area where patients report for treatment.

The League will also be opening a shop in the same area, all profits of which will be directed into supporting the hospital services.
Michael Parry said: “The League appeals to the community to trace the offenders who, we hope, now regret their actions. The telephone cash box unit was found in a foot-path opposite the hospital, broken open, near to Bellinis Garage and perhaps a member of the public may have seen them?”

He added: “We can ill-afford to lose cash and suffer inconvenience caused by nefarious individuals who, fortunately for them, perhaps do not need treatment or medical help.”

Anyone who may have seen anything is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting 16000246247.