THE founder of a Burton charity has said he is delighted after van stolen last month has been found through an appeal.
It is a double celebration for The Star Foundation as it has also just been granted £9,000 in Lottery funding to launch its music amnesty workshops.
The Star Foundation and the police launched an appeal to locate the charity’s van after it was stolen from its depot, on Wood Street, Burton, on January 27.
A member of the public has discovered the missing van.
Pete Tryner, founder of the charity, said: “We found out from the member of the public who had seen our appeal in the Mail and on Facebook.
“It was found in St Matthew’s Street, off Branston Road. She rang us up and it is now with forensics.
“The thieves had parked it up and closed the wing mirrors. There are a few dents on it but it works fine. Thankfully we have a spare key for it and it drove fine on to the ramp.
“I am delighted because it means we have the van back and also relief because we were donated the van and we have it back because of the goodwill of a member of the public.
“I didn’t think we would get it back so quickly, we are quite lucky.”
Mr Tryner realised the van was missing after he came back from collecting a recycling bag from Netherseal Sports and Social club and went into the depot to use the other van, as he was due to pick up a collection at Burton Hockey Club.
He said: “I saw it was missing and I rang round all the staff to make sure they hadn’t taken it out to use for another job, but I soon realised that it had gone missing.”
The van, costing around £500, would have been used to help launch the foundation’s music amnesty which has now been brought a step closer with a Lottery grant.
Mr Tryner added: “We have just found out that we have been granted £9,000 worth of Lottery funding to start up our music amnesty work which sees us going into schools for music workshops with donated instruments and we can also lend these instruments to families who may not be able to afford them.”