Support worker questions whether health sector targeted after car attacked
A SUPPORT worker has questioned whether healthcare professionals are being targeted after her car was vandalised last month.
Carolyn Challinor, a support worker who has been in the sector for around 30 years, was doing an early morning shift at St Theresa’s, a Leonard Cheshire Disability care home in Long Rock, when her Ford KA was attacked.
The 59-year-old said she finished work in the afternoon to find a number of deep key marks and scratches on the passenger side of her vehicle - causing nearly £200 worth of damage.
“It was a really nasty attack,” she said. “It was horrible and left me feeling really vulnerable.
“As far as I’m aware I haven’t upset or hurt anybody who would wish me any harm. It was really vicious.”
In Thursday’s Cornishman it was reported a nurse at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance found her car was also vandalised, which she believes may be because she had parked in a housing area nearby - possibly angering residents.
It was said that several members of staff have been hit in the area.
But unlike the situation in Penzance the support worker had been parked actually within the vicinity of St Theresa’s - she said she feels the attacks might be simply linked to the sector.
“Is somebody targeting health workers’ cars?” she asked.
“It might have been a random act of vandalism but I was parked at work - it makes it worse. It made me quite sick.
“Why would someone want to damage my vehicle? It rang alarm bells.”
The police are investigating the damage.