Published: 16:05, 13 January 2021
| Updated: 18:13, 13 January 2021
A fundraiser has been set up to raise money for a group of frontline NHS workers whose vehicles were targeted by callous thieves while caring for poorly patients.
The four members of staff at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, left work on Monday evening to find their cars, which had been left in the staff car park, had been stripped of their catalytic converters.
It prompted an outpouring of support from the local community who asked if they could offer any financial help to the two nurses, nursing assistant and physiotherapist affected.
Two mechanics also got in touch with the hospital to offer their technical expertise to help get the NHS workers back on the road.
A page has now been set up in aid of the NHS workers with a view to covering any insurance claims, premium hikes or related travel costs and has passed its £800 within 24-hours.
It was established by James Karat who lives in Powell Avenue, located behind the staff car park at Darent Valley Hospital.
He said: “Because we are so close (to the hospital) I started the crowdfunder and it has already raised £800. Hopefully we can get 200 each to them to cover their costs and insurance.”
The business analysis said it had been an amazing response and thanked all those who had donated.
The total is now approaching £1,000.
“I hope this feedback gives them the inspiration to continue their amazing work and believe in humanity despite some of those who are not human,” he added.
Police today launched an investigation into the thefts which happened between 8.30am and 5pm on Monday.
Insp Sarah Rivett said: "Vehicle crime has a big impact on victims, who are left with costly repairs on top of having difficulty getting to work and supporting their families.
"It is particularly unpleasant that the offenders of this case think nothing of stealing from key workers who are providing exceptional care during a time of unprecedented difficulty and demand.
"We are reviewing the circumstances and will explore every reasonable line of inquiry.
"As part of this work, we would like to hear from anyone who has information, no matter how small, that can assist us."
Call police on 01474 366149 quoting 46/6159/21 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or complete a form on its website.