A charity left devastated when £7,000 worth of gardening equipment was stolen has been given a lifeline.
Thieves broke into Key Enterprises’ unit on the North Tyne Industrial Estate in Benton on Friday, May 2, and cut a hole into a container, stealing gardening equipment used to support and train adults with mental health problems and learning difficulties.
After hearing of the break-in, North Tyneside Council rallied around to find equipment the charity can use until it replaces the stolen items.
And with help from its contractor, ISS, the local authority handed over trimmers, hedge cutters and hand tools to the group.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I hope the equipment will raise spirits and I’m thrilled it means the charity can continue to run its popular landscaping and horticulture service.”
Key Enterprises’ operational manager, Lisa Donnalley, said: “We are most grateful to ISS for lending us some of their equipment.
“This brand new equipment put a huge smile on the faces of the garden supervisors and our service users.
“The service users were very upset, but this has now given them a great boost.”