AN emergency fundraiser organised after two minibuses for disabled people were trashed by vandals has now raised more than £1,000 as a charity shows its fighting spirit after the attacks.

The two minibuses owned by the Myriad Centre were vital transport for disabled clients who use the service, some of whom can neither walk nor talk. 

Both specially adapted minibuses, which can hold six wheelchairs each, were attacked with their tyres slashed and windows broken over the weekend.

The Myriad Centre has shown its 'fighting spirit' after the minibus attacks and the people of Worcester have rallied behind the charity which helps some of the most vulnerable and profoundly disabled residents in the city.

The minibuses had been parked behind locked gates outside Green Hill Lodge in Merrimans Hill Road when the attack took place at some point over the weekend. A third was being repaired and escaped unscathed in the rampage.

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The damage was discovered by horrified staff on Monday morning.

The charity had only moved out of St George's Walk in Worcester into the temporary 'new home' on Friday while the old base is refurbished. 

An emergency appeal was launched by the charity and has so far raised £1,129 in the hope the funds can offset the damage.

The charity stands to lose £40,000 in potential lost income if it cannot get the buses up and running again within two weeks, hence the urgency.

Chief executive Richard Whateley said the support had been 'wonderful' and had come from stakeholders, parents, families, staff and strangers who had been moved by the plight of the charity.

"Sometimes it takes the worst side of human nature to bring out the best side," he said.

Half of their clients were able to use the services on Wednesday with parents having to use their own transport to get some of the service users to the centre. They managed to have a session of music therapy on Wednesday which he said had buoyed the mood of service users and staff.

"We have got the clients smiling again. Our general message is our fighting spirit is still here," he said.

They hope to get the least damaged of the two minibuses up and running before the end of the week but the more badly damaged vehicle will take around two weeks to repair. 

The Myriad Centre provides essential respite care for young adults living with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said:  "We received a call this morning around 6.45am with a report of vandalism at The Myriad Centre in Worcester.

"Officers attended to find damage to two vehicles and the building. Investigations are now ongoing."