Trailer full of charity donations stolen in Ilford replaced with grant from Barkingside club

The trailer was stolen in September

The trailer was stolen in September - Credit: Archant

A trailer full of charity donations for an African orphanage that was stolen in September has been replaced using money from a Barkingside club.

Children’s bicycles, toys, clothes and food were among the items lost when thieves took the Falconer Trust trailer found a home in South Park Drive.

It was used to store donations for a children’s home in Zambia.

But now collections can continue after the Rotary Club of Barkingside, with matched funding from the Rotary Foundation, gave £1,200 towards a replacement.

President David Smith said: “We have supported the Falconer Trust for many years and when we heard about the trailer being stolen we put our heads together and agreed we should make a donation for a new one.

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“It was sad that a vehicle that’s used for such a good purpose should be stolen by villains who should know better.”

The Falconer Trust was set up by Goodmayes residents Henry and Irene Webb in 1980 and Dr David Cairns, 78, and his wife Beryl continued collecting items when they passed away.

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Son Ken Webb now runs the charity from his home in Norfolk.

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