Wansteadium reader Justin Woodthorpe Browne writes:
Hello, I am a local cub leader at 21st EFS based at St.Gabriels Church Hall in Aldersbrook. We keep a trailer with all our camping equipment and cooking equipment. We use it regularly and can accommodate 60 children plus leaders and we have large tents, small tents, dining tents, mess tents, tables and chairs, plus a fully operational kitchen. It has been stolen from the car park where it has been stored for the past five years. We have regular camps (three so far this year) plus Aldersbrook school used it two weeks ago.
It gives children a great experience and is often their first night away. Some children from Wanstead were going to go away to the Isle of Wight in two weeks time, but this now looks like it will not happen. For some of the children it would have been their only holiday. Please can you ask if anyone has seen this dumped anywhere, or seen camping equipment, or canvas dumped anywhere, as we believe it was stolen for the trailer, not what was inside it. It will cost over Â£10k to replace and it is not insured (we obviously do not have the money). Also, we are happy to accept any old camping equipment, not wanted, or donations. Thank you.