thieves target children’s charity shop


13 June 2017

A charity shop in Romford which is raising money for life-limited children has been broken into by thieves.

The Little Havens shop, on Collier Row Road, was targeted at some point between Saturday night and Monday morning. The back door was kicked in and the safe was broken into, with the takings from Saturday being taken along with a collection tin and new goods. The store room was also ransacked. Police have been informed.

Manager Sue Barnes discovered the break-in when she arrived on Monday morning.

“I am so shocked and disappointed at what’s happened over the weekend. Our team works so hard to raise money for the hospice and we’re passionate about our contribution towards the care they give.

“These people have directly targeted the charity and taken money which should have gone towards the hospice. They are caring for over 160 life-limited children across Essex and need every penny they can get, because all their care is free.

“We’ve had such a warm welcome from the people of Collier Row and have many loyal customers and supporters, so I know the community will rally round and help get us back on our feet.”

The Little Havens charity shop opened in December 2015 and has five volunteers who give up their time to help.

Little Havens Hospice, based in Thundersley, looks after for babies, children and teenagers from across Essex who have a life-limiting illness, by providing short breaks and care at the end of their lives. All the care is free of charge, so the charity relies heavily on the generosity of donations and customers at its charity shops.

To find out more information about Little Havens please visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/littlehavens

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