Crowdfunding campaign after Doncaster builder's van is stolen three times

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to help a Doncaster builder whose van has been stolen three times in a month.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 11:27 am

Joe Phillips, who owns and runs Doncaster-based South Yorkshire Construction, has also had expensive tools taken after being repeatedly targeted by thieves over the last few weeks.

His partner Charlotte Carruthers, who has set up the GoFundMe campaign, hopes to raise £1,000.

She said: “My partner owns and runs a company and for the third time now he’s had his van stolen.

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South Yorkshire Construction has been targeted by thieves a number of times in recent weeks.

“Back in January, only a month ago, he woke up to an empty van containing around five thousand worth of tools.

"We still haven't recovered them but we have replaced them.

"Exactly a week after, he woke up to find the van completely gone."

On that occasion, no tools were taken as they are now removed at night and the van was recovered the same day, costing him £750.

She said: “Two days ago, he woke up to go to work and the van had gone again.

“This time I don’t think he will be getting it back again.

"His expensive tools were not in it, just his materials and plastering gear – worth around £2,000.

She added: “It’s not something we can just replace easily, it’s everything he works so hard for.

"All jobs are currently on hold and now several employees are currently out of work while we try get SYC back on the road. We don't have any other transport so I was hoping this could be a way to get him some help.”You can donate HERE