Local mental health charity Bearded Fishermen targeted by arson

On April 20 the unthinkable happened for local mental health charity.

Bearded Fisherman are a mental health charity that assist the police with suicide call outs. Their vehicle was a target of an arson attack which has been destroyed and with it the potential of vulnerable lives being rescued.

Rick Roberts and Mick Leyland set up the mental health charity to support local residents across Lincolnshire at the time of crisis.

The charity took to social media and said ‘Unfortunately tonight we have some devastating news, as some may be aware of a vehicle fire on Sandsfield Lane. It was infact arson on one of our charity’s vans that we use daily for different things. We want to thank the lads at Gainsborough fire service for their help.’

GI spoke exclusively to Mick, vice chairman of the Bearded Fishermen, he said  “I drove the work van to get clients in need of support and our logo on the van helped identify who we are and what we do. We are planning to encourage young people to get into fishing to encourage them to talk and interact with us to build up a rapport, and sadly the finishing gear for the start up project was in my van at the time it was set alight.

“Three or four nights before the attack van had been sprayed black, which could have been a target to come back. We currently don’t know who did this but the police have been doing door to door enquiries in the area and are looking at any CCTV which can help.”

A Go Fund Me page has been set up. Please donate, give as much or as little as you wish, any contributions are greatly appreciated. These guys do an incredible job, and have helped so many people within the Lincolnshire area.

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