STAFF and volunteers at the Primrose Hospice have been left devastated after thieves stole the lead from the roof of the building.
The destruction and loss was discovered on Tuesday by the maintenance manager when staff returned following the Christmas and New Year break.
It is thought the theft and subsequent damage, which has already cost £150 and is set to run into hundreds of pounds to fully repair, happened over the festive break.
Katy Power, the Primrose Hospice’s lead manager, said: “We are so disappointed that we have been targeted once again by criminals.
“The Primrose Hospice offers a vital service to life limited patients and their families at a time when they need it most.
“The local community donated so generously to our most recent Lights of Love campaign and now we will have to divert vital funds to fix and secure the roof.”
The charity operates throughout Redditch and Bromsgrove providing help, support and services to people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
The hospice costs £1.75million a year to run and only receives 17 per cent of that figure from the NHS.
All the Primrose’s services are offered to patients and families free of charge.
Its facilities include a day hospice, clinical nurse specialist services, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and the charity’s own chaplain as well as in-patient care at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bromsgrove.
It also provides care for people in their own home at the end of their life.
“Fund-raising and community support are crucially important to our work at Primrose and every penny really does count,” added Katy.
A West Mercia Police spokesperson confirmed investigations into the incident were ongoing and urged any witnesses or anyone with any information on the damage and thefts should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Visit www.primrosehospice.org or call 01527 871051 for more on the Primrose Hospice.