I was saddened to hear that one of WinWeb’s clients were burgled this week. To make matters worse they are a small charity fighting to raise money for a very worthwhile cause – brain tumour support and research.
Brian Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire (BTRS) is a micro charity that only employs two full time staff and a part time Associate. They offer support to brain tumour patients, their families and carers across the Yorkshire and Humber region and co-fund Yorkshire’s only brain tumour research lab.
They work with and support over 500 people every year who rely on them to provide the information, advice and guidance needed when diagnosed with this disease – the biggest cancer killer of the under 40’s and young people – so for BTRS it is essential that whatever happens in their back office does not affect their frontline services.
The burglary they suffered caused a lot of damage to their office and was not safe and usable until repairs had been carried out, furniture was replaced and the cleaners had been in. Their computer tower had not been stolen but the laptop had been taken, though it was later returned by the Police damaged but in working order. But throughout the BTRS staff were happy in the knowledge that all their data was stored in the cloud.
I’m pleased that although the burglary was distressing they haven’t lost too much and that all their work would have been safe even if their equipment was unusable. If you want to help out the charity please visit their website.