Local businesses have provided practical help for a social enterprise in Seaham which had the four wheels stolen from its vehicle which was also vandalised.
Shaw Trust Enterprises North East recently posted on Facebook after discovering the theft and damage one Wednesday morning. The community garden centre, which is part of Shaw Trust - a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults, was quoted £1,200 to repair the vehicle and make it usable again. This was money that the local project did not have to spare. The post was shared 1,249 times and received hundreds of comments.
Some of the comments came from local businesses offering support. Cambos Mobile Mechanic repaired the vehicle, S P Tree and Garden Care donated the wheels and Liam’s new and part worn tyres donated the tyres.
Not only is the vehicle now back up and running but Silverthorn Group Security came in and offered free security for the site so that this problem does not happen again.
But the good news doesn’t stop there. Members of the community donated £900 towards getting the vehicle up and running again. After the donations from local businesses this money is now being used towards the development of the garden centre.
Paula Maddison-Green, Manager of Shaw Trust Enterprise at Seaham, said: “Our trainees – who have learning disabilities and autism - were distraught that this had happened. I was overwhelmed when these wonderful local businesses offered to repair our vehicle and provide ongoing security support. I really want each of them to be recognised for their community spirit and kindness. I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who supported us through this time, donating what money they could and just before Christmas! As a social enterprise, when something like this happens, we have little to draw upon. Thankfully with the money raised by some fantastic people in our community we can continue providing the opportunities that make such a difference to local people’s lives. So I’d say a little Christmas Miracle happened in Seaham.”
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