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Garage owner's generosity praised by Haverhill Foodbank after van catalytic converter theft




The owners of a garage in Haverhill have been praised for ‘going above and beyond’ to help the town’s foodbank after its van’s catalytic converter was stolen.

Robbies, based in Piperell Way, stepped in to help the Haverhill Foodbank last week after the van used by the charity - part of REACH Community Projects - had its converter removed.

Henry Wilson, REACH’s project’s director, explained how the events unfolded.

From left; Robbies staff Micheal Heales, Niall Watts, Keith Humphreys (volunteer Haverhill Foodbank driver), Henry Wilson (REACH projects director), Nalani Watts and Nadia Watts. Submitted photo
From left; Robbies staff Micheal Heales, Niall Watts, Keith Humphreys (volunteer Haverhill Foodbank driver), Henry Wilson (REACH projects director), Nalani Watts and Nadia Watts. Submitted photo

“Thursday morning our volunteer Foodbank driver - Keith Humphreys went to pick up the van for the deliveries and food collections and that’s when he discovered it!

“He took across to a garage to find out what can be done about it and that’s when we were informed that it wouldn’t be that easy to rectify,two to three weeks and £500-800.

“The money is one thing, but the inconvenience is so much worse.”

REACH was left with the options of using cars, hiring a van or trying to raise the funds for a new one, something the charity was planning for but not until Autumn/Winter, said Henry, in fact, it has not even started the process to make that happen yet.

Henry added: “Besides, we have so much to do before we can begin to think about that, especially with the escalating debt issues we are seeing.”

Henry went on to say: “So while we pondered, Keith put a post onto local social media and within minutes Nalani Watts from Robbies garage got in touch and said that they could do this the following day (Friday) and that they would fit the part for us completely free of charge.

“It was absolutely fantastic. In all the years I’ve been doing this, it never ceases to amaze me how generous the people of Haverhill are.

“Haverhill is such a great place and the team at Robbie’s clearly demonstrated this by going above and beyond.”

Nalani said: “We just wanted to give something back.

“REACH does a lot for the town and I know of people that REACH has helped tremendously.

“So we wanted to help REACH as much as we can, as we know that if you haven’t got your van, how hard that is.

“So when I heard that it was going to mean two to three weeks off the road, I knew that we could do something.”

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