Bristol

Lead roof stolen from Penny Brohn cancer charity's folly

Damaged building Image copyright Penny Brohn
Image caption The folly was restored by the Penny Brohn cancer charity and dates from about 1760

Thieves have stripped the lead from the roof of a building belonging to a cancer charity.

Penny Brohn UK, in Pill near Bristol, said it may now have to find £4,000 to repair and replace the roof of the "historic folly".

Charity manager Andrew Hufford said they were "devastated" that "some heartless people are shameless enough to deprive a charity".

Anyone with information is asked to contact Avon and Somerset Police.

'Distraught clients'

Mr Hufford said the charity "needed £5,895 a day for centre core service costs" but may have to pay for the £4,000 replacement.

"Clients who attend our free services are also distraught - they find the folly therapeutic in coming to terms with cancer, often sitting in and near it to relax, but, for the short-term, we must seal off the area," he said.

He said they had launched a fundraising campaign ahead of a planned open day on 18 June.

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