On Christmas day our center was broken into and all of our equipment was stolen. Without this equipment, we are unable to provide community and outreach support, which impacts our local communities and families.
I am heartbroken that this has happened.
A very kind friend, Nick from Talk Mental Health charity, has set up a fundraiser to help us. It also explains a little more about the current situation:
www.gofundme.com/vr-therapies Although the thief has been arrested, none of our equipment has been recovered and it is very unlikely to be at this point. So here we are, still unable to provide sessions or VR therapies. Our insurance will only cover a small amount of VR headsets, but it does not cover:
Damage to the building
Broken doors, cabinets, locks
Any headsets brought in the last year
Plus all the other smaller items stolen (tablets, phones, even the cases and bags we use to bring the kit to the community)
Or running costs, utilities, rent etc to keep the centre open
Everything is adding up very quickly. Meanwhile, our community suffers, local families are struggling and those most in need are being punished by this horrible act. Just this week I have had to turn down:
A group session for deaf children
A day center for people with learning disabilities
A special school specifically seeking support for SEND students who are experiencing trauma and grief
An organization supporting struggling families in poverty
Stroke patients from Northampton Hospital
And many families with children with special needs
Please, please donate if you can. Every penny will make a difference. I know times are hard for many so if this isn't an option for you, please help by sharing this fundraiser, or maybe you know a person or company who could help? Please do forward this email if so. You never know who has a sister with special needs, a son with autism, a grandmother with dementia or just feels connected to our story and who we help. So let's spread this far and wide and hopefully we will get our center back open soon and supporting our community once again. Thank you.