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Charity bids for our cash after break-in at quay offices

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

sense of order: Lisa Butcher, co-ordinator, left, and Morwenna Mullen at Quay House, Kingsbridge Torquil MacLeod TQTM20130128C-001_C,

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A SOUTH Devon charity hit by a burglary which devastated its offices is hoping for a share of our £25,000 Cash for your Community.

Saltstone Caring, which operates at Quay House in Kingsbridge, had its office equipment destroyed in the break-in on January 10.

Co-ordinator Lisa Butcher said the charity will have to find at least £850 insurance excess to cover the damaged computer equipment.

It is money the charity wants to spend on providing support to 300 elderly and vulnerable people in the 19 parishes of Saltstone. Lisa said: "We are just finding our feet now and trying to get back to a sense of order.

"But it is money that a charity like ours cannot afford. We need every penny we can get."

The charity has applied for a share of the Cash For Your Community Fund, a partnership between the Herald Express and Western Power Distribution.

The Herald Express is working in partnership with Western Power Distribution, which is offering the £25,000 fund. Community groups can win up to £2,000 with a minimum award of £450.

Lisa said the charity has two paid staff, six trustees and 55 volunteers who help elderly, isolated and vulnerable people.

They offer a befriending service to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing.

Often, a visit from a volunteer is the only company some people may get in a day.

Lisa said: "We help people as long as they need us. That can be for three or four years or for a few weeks."

Use the form printed in the Herald Express on Page 48 to nominate your favourite cause before February 11.

A panel will draw up a shortlist of entries which will go out to the public to vote on by collecting tokens for their favourite project or group in the Herald Express.

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