Thieves target Downham Market charity shop

Thieves target Downham Market charity shop

Published by Grace Mcgachy
1:37pm 11th July 2019.

The amount stolen from this charity shop could have paid for four bereavement sessions at a hospice.

The Sue Ryder shop in Downham Market was broken into over the weekend.

It happened sometime between 5pm on Saturday (6th July) and 8:15am on Monday (8th July).

The shop's back windows were damaged and money was stolen from their safe.

The shop was forced to close until Tuesday morning (9th July 2019) while investigations were carried out, which means they've lost out on more money.

Sales assistant Trish Bee and her team of volunteers are appealing to the public for donations to help make up for lost funds.

Trish said:

"What a shock and disappointment it was for my team and I to arrive at our shop on Monday morning find that it had been broken into over the weekend and left in complete disarray

When you break into a charity shop, you're not only causing a great inconvenience to staff and volunteers - you're taking away from the wider community too.

In our case this is a shop that for nearly 20 years has supported Sue Ryder's care for people facing a terminal illness, a complex neurological condition or the loss of a loved one."

Sue Ryder Downham Market exterior

Thankfully the damage caused to the shop itself will be covered by their insurance policy.

But what's harder to get back is the cash that was taken and the money they would have made on Monday while the shop was closed.

Trish explained:

"To put it in terms of our care, what we would usually take on a typical Monday alone could pay for four sessions of bereavement counselling at one of our hospices.

And that's not counting the value of the donations we have had to discard due to being damaged or spoiled with broken glass.

I would like to thank my team of volunteers who offered so generously to stay behind after their usual shifts to help get the shop back to normal.

The public has also been incredibly supportive, and we've been lucky enough to have already received some donations."

To help make up for the shop's shortfall they'd really appreciate some more donations.

Items of clothing, books and homeware are very welcome, and they can be dropped off in person at the shop at 14 Bridge Street from Monday to Saturday during opening hours.

The Downham Market store is one of over 450 across the UK that supports Sue Ryder's palliative, neurological and bereavement care.

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