AN AMBULANCE worker has struggled to get to work after heartless thieves stole a catalytic converter from her car.

Natalie Wilkinson's daughter-in-law Lisa Ashdown felt destroyed after hearing how a key worker battling the Covid-19 pandemic could be targeted during this time.

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As such, Lisa has set up a fundraising page to raise £5,000 so Natalie can get a new car, after the insurance company said the cost of repairs "outweighs the value" of the her car.

In the Just Giving page, the South Central Ambulance Service crew worker said: "My car was priceless to me and will cost me thousands that I haven't got to replace it. I do my best every day to go out and help people and have worked tirelessly through the whole of lockdown to ensure local families are safe and looked after and it makes me sad to think that others are stooping so low and causing such upset for the sake of 'weighing in' a car part for not even £80."

So far, the fundraising page has received £1,488 but is a little way to go to reach its target.

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Thames Valley Police also said they are investigating the catalytic converter theft which happened in Vandyke, Bracknell.

A spokesman said: "Thames Valley Police received a report on 29 May that at around 12.30pm the same day a catalytic converter had been stolen from a car in Vandyke, Bracknell.

"An investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact police and make a report online, or by calling 101, quoting reference 43200158821."

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Lisa said: "The impact of this is enormous! This is the only car in the household and without it, she will struggle to get to work. In recent weeks, we have all learnt how vital people like her are and how important their jobs are. She is also providing shopping for her elderly and extremely vulnerable parents who are currently shielding and haven't left the house in the last 13 weeks. Without a vehicle, it will be very difficult for her to continue helping them in this way. Sharing a vehicle is simply not an option as she works shifts for the Ambulance Service.

"Please can you spare a little to say a huge thank you to a valued NHS worker and help her towards a new vehicle! I know she will be extremely grateful and we are all so proud of her for what she does every single day! Thank you."

Some people who donated said they know Natalie personally through work.

Hev said: "I work with Natalie too. Her shifts sometimes finish at 2am and to have to find a way home at that hour is not pleasant! Let's hope we raise enough."

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