Fury as window smashed at Mansfield charity office

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A SUPPORT service for people on benefits in Mansfield may be forced to close after another attack by mindless vandals.

Windows at Mansfield Welfare Rights in Newgate Lane, were smashed with two other properties in the area also targeted.

The service is run by volunteers helping people get their benefits and give support through appeals and tribunals

Volunteer and secretary Helen Chelsky said the cost of the damage could run into hundreds of pounds and they are appealing for help to pay for it.

She said: “We are here to try and help people and this is the sort of thing we have to deal with.

“Someone has had a right good go at the window.

“We’ve been here for 16 years and the windows have been done about four or five times.

“The last time was just before Christmas.

“The building is owned by Mansfield District Council and they said they will sort it out and charge us a percentage.

“We still haven’t paid for that one which was £349.

“We are all volunteers here and don’t have that sort of money.

“We want to make people aware of what happened so see if anyone who would be kind enough to give us some financial help.

“If people keep smashing the windows then we will have to fold and there will be no one left to help these people.

“We’ve been here for 16 years and helped people get over £1m.

“We don’t get paid or claim any expenses we need every penny we can get which comes from Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.”

The damage was caused sometime between 10pm on Sunday 24th February and the following morning.

If anyone has any information they should call police on 101.

If any individuals or businesses would like to help pay for the damage they can call 01623 421 375 or visit the centre on Monday 1pm-5pm, Tuesday 10-5pm or Wednesday 1pm-5pm.