A charity is counting the cost of vandalism - the second attack it has suffered in the last couple of months.
Last Wednesday morning workers and volunteers at Harlington Hospice discovered the bonnet had been removed from the char-ity's van, along with several engine parts, rendering it unusable.
The van was parked overnight on the drive of their main building in St Peter's Way, Harlington, and staff are worried about the effect it will have on their services.
The hospice had recently spent over £500 on repairs and maintenance costs for the van, so this blow could not have come at a worse time.
Steve Lane, head of fundraising, said: "At a time when we are all feeling the credit crunch, and Harlington Hospice is no exception, this really is a despicable act. While the parts taken are probably of minimal value, the impact on our charity is substantial.
"If anyone can help the police with their enquiries we would be grateful."
The vandalism has left the charity with a major problem as it relies on the van for moving stock to and from shops, as well as collecting donations.
Mr Lane said: "We have to clear out a warehouse in a couple of weeks, and now we will have to hire a van. When something happens like this it is the charity that bears the brunt.
"As well as the direct impact on our services, we will have to pay the first £150 of our excess for repairs, and no doubt our insurance will shoot up next year."
Last month the hospice was the victim of an overnight burglary, with several items stolen.