A HOSPICE is “devastated” after vandals destroyed a sun canopy used by seriously ill patients.

The sun canopy at St David’s Hospice Care Day Centre in Malpas is said to be worth £2,500 including installation and was destroyed sometime between Friday from 5pm to midnight on Saturday. Gwent Police is investigating the incident in which the canopy was slashed and has been completely destroyed.

Emma Saysell, chief executive of St David’s Hospice Care, said: “We’re all devastated at this act of destructive and mindless vandalism in our garden here at Malpas. We really can’t begin to understand who or why anyone would do such a thing, destroying a facility which is enjoyed by so many of our gravely ill patients here at the hospice.

“The canopy, which was so generously donated by St Woolos Newport Rotary Club, has been extensively used over recent weeks during the hot sunny weather especially last week and has been of great benefit to them all.”

She added: “It’s especially sad as yesterday was to have been the official handing over of the canopy to us by St Woolos Rotary Club.”

Mrs Saysell said the latest act of vandalism would make them re-evaluate the use of their outdoor space.

A St Woolos Newport Rotary Club spokesman said: “We’re shocked and saddened by this act of wanton vandalism on the sun shade at St David’s Hospice Care garden. We had identified the need for the shade some time ago and set about raising the money to pay for it and its installation.

“For this to have come to light on the day when the sun shade was going to be officially handed over makes it all the worse.”

The hospice says it is hoping to be able to replace the sunshade as soon as possible funds allowing. If you can help please contact Kris Broome on 01633 851058.

l If anyone has information they are asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 105 6/7/15.