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Stolen van returns to duties

In January a Saint Francis Hospice Retail van was stolen from a driveway in the Avon Road area of Cranham.
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The 3.5 tonne Ford Transit Luton Van was used to collect donated items sold in Saint Francis Hospice shops across Havering, Brentwood, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge. The van was also used for the delivery of large and bulky items bought by customers shopping at the hospice's Brentwood furniture store. 

Thankfully the van was later recovered and a man arrested and charged with the theft. The vehicle had suffered some damage and all of the Saint Francis Hospice branding removed so before it could be brought back into service it had to be repaired and sign written. Now the vehicle has returned to hospice duties. 

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"We are very pleased to have it back and would like to say thank-you to everyone who helped us recover the vehicle and were so generous in offering their help to us when it was off the road. The tail lift was damaged and had to be repaired, and while it was off the road we also upgraded the security with new additional locks, a fuel cut off system and tracker," said Michelle Nicholls, General Manager, Retail.

The van is one of a number of vehicles used by the hospice to service its 15 shops located across the hospice's catchment area. In the last financial year the shops contributed over £700,000 in profit to help pay for the doctors and nurses employed by the hospice.

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The recovered van with the Assistant Manager of the Brentwood furniture store, Pauline Colley, and her husband and fellow shop volunteer, David Colley.
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