From trauma to triumph in 24 hours
Shipston Rugby Club fell victim to a suspected arson attack overnight on 13/14th April. The contents of a shipping container housing all the training equipment for the mini and junior teams was reduced to ashes, leaving the club in desperate need of help.
While police began inquiries, the local community swung straight into action. A ‘Go fund me’ page was set up by Rugby Club Chairman, Dan Scobie, with the initial aim of raising £3,000 towards replacement kit. Within 24 hours, over £5,000 had been donated by club users, concerned residents and businesses, as well as neighbouring rugby clubs. At the time of writing, the fund had risen further to over £7,000.
Club Chairman and Town Mayor Dan Scobie, said: “As a club we’ve been overwhelmed by the support and generosity that’s been shown. It really demonstrates that whilst there may be a small number of people who commit crimes like this, the vast majority are good decent supportive people. These donations will go directly towards supporting the young people of Shipston and the surrounding area in their rugby training.”
Shipston has seen an increase in vandalism recently, including an attack on an abandoned vehicle at the Sports and Social Club and the destruction of ornaments in the Sensory Garden. If you have any information that could help the police with their inquiries, please call 01789 444670 or 101.