Donations after suicide charity offices ransacked

The offices of PIPS on Belfast's Antrim Road that were ransacked. Picture by Ann McManus
Andrea McKernon

Donations have been flowing in to a mental health charity after its offices in north Belfast were ransacked.

Two laptops were stolen and windows smashed in the raid at suicide prevention and awareness charity PIPS on the Antrim Road.

Police said the premises, which had no burglar alarm, were broken into sometime between 9pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday and several rooms were ransacked.

The charity posted on its Facebook page about the robbery, prompting donations to help secure the building.

PIPS thanked people for their help and support since the burglary.

"We have had laptops stolen, windows broken along with our offices and counselling rooms being turn upside down. We receive no government funding at all. A few businesses have already offered to help us out but we still need an alarm system.

"I would like to thank the people who donated via just giving to help us get back on our feet."

Sinn Féin councillor Mary Ellen Campbell condemned those responsible.

“This is a devastating blow to everyone involved with the PIPS charity which provides vital services to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide," she said.


“Substantial damage has been done including windows smashed, interior damage and the theft of essential computer equipment. This is a serious set back to the organisation.


“The community will rally round to offer its support to have the damage repaired so that services can be restored as soon as possible."


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