Heartless thieves have stolen 24 mattresses due to be sent to a poverty-stricken African country.
The break-in occurred at Furniture for Education Worldwide (FEW) where the mattresses were stored in the charity’s warehouse in Harle Syke.
Burnley company Silentnight had donated the mattresses which were due to be sent to the Gambia on February 28th.
Mr Terry Burns, the charity’s chairman, said: “It’s very disappointing. The people these mattresses were destined for basically have nothing.
“They were due to be sent to a medical centre in a small Gambian village where we are also sending tables, chairs and blackboards to a school.”
The charity saves old school furniture from going to landfill sites and raises money to allow it to be shipped to third world countries such as the Gambia and Ghana. To date it has sent 54 containers to six different countries and created classrooms, IT suites and libraries.
Four of the stolen mattresses have been recovered from a shop in Burnley and police are currently trying to trace the remaining ones.
For more information on the charity visit www.fewcharity.co.uk.