Charity shop counts cost of night-time raid

PUBLISHED: 11:36 26 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:30 06 May 2010

Helpers rally round

Helpers rally round

A CHARITY SHOP trying to get back on its feet after being targeted by burglars is appealing for help from Comet readers. The Sue Ryder shop in Bancroft, Hitchin, was the target of a night-time raid during which cash was stolen from the till. As well as th

A CHARITY SHOP trying to get back on its feet after being targeted by burglars is appealing for help from Comet readers.

The Sue Ryder shop in Bancroft, Hitchin, was the target of a night-time raid during which cash was stolen from the till.

As well as the stolen money and damage the break-in caused, the charity had to buy a new till and improve security.

The shop was closed for three days for repairs, all of which cost nearly £2,000.

Sandra Logan, a volunteer at the shop, said: "The volunteers and everyone working at the shop, the loyal customers and the generous public that donate goods were deeply saddened and could not comprehend how anybody could do this to a charitable organisation.

"This shop provides a valuable service to the community and raises much needed funds for the services Sue Ryder Care provides to local people at the Stagenhoe Park Care Home in St Paul's Walden."

After the break-in and to help raise funds in the New Year, the shop is looking for more volunteers, good quality donations of unwanted Christmas presents, mannequins, a filing cabinet and miscellaneous tools.

Sandra said: "After this costly incident we are now even more determined to achieve our goals, increase our sales and offer even greater financial support to the people of Stagenhoe Park.

"We're appealing to the community and local businesses to assist in any way they can, to help make our wishes come true."

If you can help, take items for donation to the shop or ring 01462 435983.

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