Sunday 21 December 2014

Singer Sandy Kelly blasts ‘thugs and cowards’ who vandalised intellectual disability centre

Jennifer McShane

Published 01/08/2014 | 18:44

Singer Sandy Kelly

Singer Sandy Kelly has spoken of her outrage after the intellectual disabilities centre which her daughter Barbara (33) attends was set on fire in a deliberate act of vandalism.

The Ballytivnan Resource Centre in Co. Sligo was broken into last night for the third time in recent months and over €40,000 of damage was caused. 

Singer Sandy Kelly spoke to Liveline about the appalling damage done to the centre – which her daughter Barbara (33) attends five days a week – and said that those who attended were "deeply distressed" due to the heartless actions of "lowlife thugs and cowards"

Kelly said this break-in was "particularly malicious" this time as the centre was set on fire.

“The whole place is black and full of smoke, and whomever has done this has just burnt everything – just to be vicious,” she said.

Personal belongings, artwork done by the attendees and even money had all been burnt and destroyed, and that "it was like a death had occurred".

Kelly said that the centre is a "home-away-from-home" for all the 33 people who regularly attend.  “The people in the centre light up our lives, so I can’t understand why they would do it.

“Whoever did this simply doesn't care, if they did, they wouldn't have done it,” she continued.

"I’m so upset and distressed for everyone here that  I’d like the perpetrators of this to come out and spend every day repairing the damage they've done, but they won’t because they are cowards.”

The performer sounded visibly distressed as she said it would take a long time to repair the damage at the centre.

“I don’t normally do things like this, but if anyone could help us fund raise, we would be so appreciative,” she added.  

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