A teenage girl with Downs Syndrome and profound disabilities has been left devastated after heartless thieves stole a generator which powered her bouncy castle two days before her birthday party.
The offenders broke into the garden of Taila Skinner’s family home in Langney Green between Thursday night and Friday morning and stole the generator which inflates her bouncy castle.
It happened as her family were planning a birthday party on Saturday afternoon to celebrate Taila’s 19th birthday.
The generator is metal and police are now appealing for anyone with any information to contact them particularly if they have been offered it for sale or for scrap metal
Her devastated mother Anna-Maria contacted the Gazette and Herald and local bouncy castle firm Bounce Bounce Whiz stepped in and offered to lend the family one in time for the party.
But Anna-Maria said everyone was too upset at the theft and the party was cancelled.
Taila has Down’s Syndrome, is autistic and has profound physical and learning disabilities and her mother said the bouncy castle was just one of few pleasures the teenager was able to enjoy.
“We are absolutely devastated,” said Anna-Maria. “I cannot believe somebody would do this to a young girl. I spent most of the weekend crying.
“The bouncy castle is one of the few things that Taila loves. I bought it for her for her 13th birthday.
“We were going to have a party on Saturday afternoon for her birthday as every year we have with Taila is special to us. This has been a massive shock and now I am just so upset and angry.”
A plea for a replacement was put out on social media and within hours Sarah and Ray Baynes at Bounce, Bounce Whizz, an Eastbourne based firm which hires out bouncy castles and inflatables, came to the rescue and offered to lend the family a replacement.
“We are more than happy to help,” said Sarah on Friday.
The couple were to drop off the generator on Friday night in time for the party on Saturday.
But as the day went on, Anna-Maria said she and Taila became more upset about the theft and she decided to cancel the party. “Our situation is hard enough but for somebody to have done this is just so upsetting,” said Anna-Maria.
The generator is metal in colour and the family believe it must have been loaded into a vehicle to be driven away as it is too heavy to carry.
Detectives can be contacted on 101.