The Havens Hospices charity shop in Rochford was targeted overnight on 24th February with the front and back doors smashed.
Around £600 was taken along with a collection tin, but the store remains closed until further notice as the back door also serves as a fire escape and needs to be made safe and secure.
Shop Manager Pauline Cotts made the discovery when she arrived at work the following morning. She said,
“We’re shocked and disappointed that thieves would target our charity shop and take money that should have gone to Fair Havens, Little Havens and The J’s.
“Our team of volunteers work so hard to raise money for our hospices and we’re passionate about our contribution towards the care they give.
“We’ve always been made to feel so welcome in Rochford and this is demonstrated in the support that our local community shows us on a daily basis.”
Havens Hospices includes Fair Havens, Little Havens and The J’s. The three services care for people of all ages who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, supporting them within the hospices, in the community or their own home.
As a charity, Havens Hospices relies heavily on the generosity of the public because all its care is free of charge. To find out more information on how to support the charity or to find a list of its charity shops, please click here [http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/charityshops].