Charity van is wrecked in depot blaze

The destroyed van
The destroyed van

A WIGAN charity is appealing for help after its van was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

Home from Home run a shop on Gidlow Lane and used to use the vehicle to transport sold goods. It was also used to help rehome the homeless as part of their work with the Brick homeless charity.

However, over the weekend last Sunday, it was caught up in a huge blaze at the Warisa tyre plant on Leopold Street in Pemberton when one of the members had taken it home.

Unfortunately, it was totally destroyed and the charity is now struggling to fund a new one and is appealing for help.

Lynne Zanni, who is the manager of the shop, said: “It’s hit us pretty hard as we got a lot of use out of it.

“Unfortunately it was totally destroyed and now we have to fund a replacement and we’re appealing for the public’s help.

“We collect and deliver furniture and other household goods which are either given to homeless persons or persons in need, to furnish their homes once rehoused, or are sold in the charity shop on Gidlow Lane in Wigan.

“We’ve had it for 10 years and it is vital to what we do.”

The Home From Home charity shop is owned by the Queen’s Hall Methodist Church and works alongside The Brick homeless charity in Wigan.

They have had some help so far into funding a new van but still have more work to do.

The blaze, which started in the early hours of Sunday morning, triggered a police investigation and early indications suggest it was an arson attack. Lynne added: “We have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from The Clothworkers’ Foundation towards the cost of a replacement van, but we are still short and hoping to raise another £5000 to cover the full cost, so any donations big or small would be most welcome.

“Unfortunately people don’t realise the knock on effect these things have on not just people but charities as well. Hopefully we can get the funds we need now to buy a replacement van to carry on our work in Wigan.”