Eastbourne Rotarians have come to the rescue after a disabled teenager’s birthday was spoilt when thieves stole the unit which powers her bouncy castle.
The bouncy castle is one of the few pleasures 19-year-old Taila enjoys.
She has Down’s Syndrome, is autistic and has profound physical and learning disabilities.
Her family was due to hold a party to celebrate her birthday at their home in Langney Green on Saturday to celebrate Taila’s birthday.
But thieves broke into the garden and took the metal coloured 1.5hp generator blower with a yellow lead.
The owners of Eastbourne bouncy castle hire firm Bounce Bounce Whizz, Ray and Sarah Baynes, offered to lend the family a unit but Taila’s mother said she and her daughter were too upset and the party was cancelled.
The town’s five Rotary clubs then heard about the theft and have offered to share the cost of a replacement unit for Taila between them.
The Rotary clubs of Eastbourne AM, Eastbourne, Beachy Head, Eastbourne Sovereign and Sovereign Harbour have worked together and a new unit has now been ordered from an Essex-based company and should be delivered after the weekend.
In addition, kind-hearted bosses at the Arndale Centre have offered to provide a day out for Taila and her family.
Anna Maria said she was overwhelmed at the kindness shown to the family.
“We were 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.”
On hearing the news a replacement unit was to be delivered, Anna Maria said, “That is just so kind and Taila will be delighted. She has been out in the garden every day just looking at the deflated bouncy castle and wondering why she can’t go on it. She doesn’t realise.
Police are investigating the theft of the blower system which inflates the bouncy castle and are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them particularly if they have been offered it for sale or for scrap metal.
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.