Bowls club members raising money to replace stolen gardening tool
A fundraising campaign has been launched to replace a £4,000 gardening machine which was stolen from a Black Country sports club.
The aerator was taken from Coseley Athletics Bowls Club, in Coseley, on April 7.
Club members described the criminal act as "another nail in the coffin" after the bowls playing season ended.
The club relies heavily on playing fees to keep going.
West Midlands Police has launched an investigation but so far no one has been arrested.
Members are hoping to buy a new aerator with the cash raised.
Kaylee Walker, who launched the page, said: "It was not only doing damaging to our clubhouse but it also robbed the local community of a vital piece of equipment to maintain our green [playing area].
"As many people may know, our much loved sport is on the brink of extinction due to coronavirus and this is just another nail in the coffin.
"It is an aerator and is not a small item. They would have had to have lift this over a tall, thick wall
"We would like to raise money to replace the aerator so that our community can benefit from the bowls club once more.
"Thank you for any donation made, all shares help and for your support."
Anyone wishing to donate should visit gofundme.com