A FOOTBALL club is appealing for help from Sunderland businesses after cable thieves targeted its ground.
Officials at Wearside League team Boldon CA were left devastated when thieves plundered their pitch and stole 200 metres of freshly-laid copper cable worth £4,500.
The club had spent five years fund-raising to reach a target of £24,000 to buy and install new floodlights – only for the cable theft to leave all their hard work in tatters.
Bosses had to dig deep into the club’s reserves to fork out for more cable to ensure the lights finally get switched yesterday at their ground behind The Shack Club, in North Road, Boldon Colliery.
Secretary Bryn Griffiths said: “We’ve had to buy more cable and pay up front, which has left a considerable dint in the club’s funds.
“That’s why were hoping local businesses will perhaps like to use our boards for advertising their companies.
“It would really help us out and we could recoup some of our losses.”
Since the Echo reported the theft last week, other sporting clubs have been quick to support Boldon CA. Volunteers have also offered to act as security guards.
Mr Griffiths said: “The support we have had has been absolutely marvellous and we only wish we could have taken people up on their many kind offers, but it hasn’t been possible in every instance.
“But we are very grateful for all the kindness and help we have received.”
He added: “The committee has been working non-stop over the weekend to get the new cabling down for this week’s lights turn-on.
Police are still investigating the theft, which happened between 6pm on Tuesday and 9am on Wednesday last week.
If you want to advertise a business with Boldon CA, call Mr Griffiths on 07889 279 647.