VIDEO: Mexborough girl Luci’s silver-lining for centre

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A big-hearted schoolgirl donated her pocket money to help repair part of a youth centre after thugs caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Members of Links4Youth were left stunned after discovering yobs had smashed two doors during an attempted overnight raid at Highwoods Community Base in Mexborough between October 1 and 2.

Luci Wilson, pictured, donated her pocket money jar to Highwoods Community Base after their doors were damaged. She is pictured with L-r Jill Arkley-Jevons, Links4youth project Co-ordinator, Val Wilson, mum and Joanne Griffiths, Outreach worker. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT 20-10-14 Highwoods Donation MC 1

Luci Wilson, pictured, donated her pocket money jar to Highwoods Community Base after their doors were damaged. She is pictured with L-r Jill Arkley-Jevons, Links4youth project Co-ordinator, Val Wilson, mum and Joanne Griffiths, Outreach worker. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT 20-10-14 Highwoods Donation MC 1

Offenders got away empty handed but senior group leaders were faced with footing a bill of about £260 for repairs. However, thoughtful group member Luci Wilson provided a silver-lining when she came forward with her savings jar full of coins and offered to pay.

The 12-year-old Mexborough School pupil, of Elm Road, also gave them £5 – her pocket money for that week – and a letter in which she wrote: “I love the base and I am so sorry some nasty person did this.”

Luci’s mum Val, 54, said: “She had been saving the coins up for a few months to buy Christmas presents for people but said she wanted to donate it to the centre. I was so proud of her that I had tears in my eyes.”

Luci’s generosity was celebrated at a fundraising party, held at the base. Her donation, added to funds collected on the night, will pay for the damage.

Elsewhere, burglars have stolen thousands of pounds worth of goods from Doncaster schools in a three-week crime spree.

As many as 10 schools have been targeted in Edlington, Bawtry and Armthorpe which has seen scores of computers and petty cash collections taken.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the spate and were being questioned by police yesterday.

Temporary chief inspector Jade Brice said: “On each occasion they have broken in late at night or early in the morning.

“We don’t have an exact figure but thousands of pounds worth of goods have been taken. This has caused a major inconvenience to the schools affected.

“I urge anyone with information to contact us on 101.”

Two Intake men, aged 30 and 33, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and were still in police custody as The Star went to press.