Vandals target homeless charity’s shelter

Danny Gallivan Trust bus before the vandalism SUS-181129-115253001
Danny Gallivan Trust bus before the vandalism SUS-181129-115253001

A charity for the homeless has hit out at ‘mindless’ vandals who targeted one of their shelters.

The Danny Gallivan Trust uses a refitted double decker bus to provide homeless people with free hot meals and a safe place to stay. They are now refitting a single decker bus.

Danny Gallivan Trust charity bus post-vandalism. SUS-181129-115027001

Danny Gallivan Trust charity bus post-vandalism. SUS-181129-115027001

Trust chairman Steve Swain said the second bus had been damaged in Shackleton Road on November 25.

“I regret that our second bus, a single decker, fell victim of wanton vandalism last Sunday,” he said.

“The bus was named ‘James Flint’ in memory of our very good friend great supporter of our charity who sadly passed away in 2013.

“James was to be our secretary before his illness prevented him from doing so, it is a job that his daughter Victoria now does so brilliantly with mum Gill in the post of treasurer. The Flint family are so important to the charity.

“As well as a serving police officer for many years, James was also in the Merchant Navy which you can see from the sign before it was damaged.

“We now have CCTV installed to deter any other mindless individuals who are devoid of any respect for others.

“As a small charity we are constantly fund raising to help homeless veterans and other homeless folk in Sussex, so repairing and replacing vandalised items is a complete waste of money that should be spent on the folk who need a hand up. On a much happier note our fundraising evening in Horsham last Saturday was a huge success we raised £1,015 from donations and the sale of raffle tickets.”

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