Vile Plymouth yobs post human waste in St Luke's Hospice recycling bin
SICK vandals wrecked the contents of a St Luke's Hospice donation bin by posting excrement through the slot.
Staff from the charity were appalled when they made the discovery at their recycling bin in Wolseley Road.
It's not known when the waste was lobbed into the bin but fundraisers found it yesterday morning.
Now, scores of donations made by big-hearted members of the public will have to be scrapped over fears they could be contaminated by the filth.
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The black bags packed with clothes, shoes, books and bric-a-brac were destined for the St Luke's Hospice shops dotted around the city and beyond. The goods would have earned vital funds needed to run the hospice.
An angered spokesman for St Luke's said: "We're extremely saddened by the news that one of our donation bins has been vandalised in this way.
"The damage caused to the inside of the bin and the donations within it is anticipated to have lost St Luke's hundreds of pounds of vital funding which would have been generated from the sale and recycling of these kind donations from members of the local community."
Police were called in as soon as the discovery was made. But without witnesses, hospice bosses fear nobody will be brought to justice over the sick attack.
The team at the hospice are urging people more than ever to have a clear out and help recoup the loss.
The spokesman continued: "We rely heavily on donations, such as those in our donation bin, to generate vital income to keep providing free end of life care to the local community.
"I'd like to urge anyone having a clear out in the near future to consider donating to St Luke's.
We have a St Luke's shop close to this damaged donation bin, and would encourage anyone willing to donate to take their donations to the store to help us recoup the damage costs that this vandalism has caused."
The damaged donation bin will now have to be emptied and sterilised – an added cost for the charity – before it will be useable again.
It costs £6 million a year for St Luke's to provide free specialist end of life care to the local community.
With only 32 per cent funding received from the government St Luke's must raise an annual £4.5 million through fundraising, charity shop sales and recycling to continue to provide this vital care to people at the end of their lives from across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.