A local charity shop has reopened three weeks after it was broken into by thieves.
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 during the break in and the store remained closed until Tuesday 12th March while the back door, which also serves as a fire escape was made safe and secure.
Staff and volunteers have voiced their appreciation to the local community for their kindness and generosity following the break in, they were overwhelmed that they took nearly £600 on their first day of trading following the three-week closure.
Assistant Manager John Clifton who joined the team this week, having previously worked at the charity’s Westcliff store said,
“On behalf of all the staff and volunteers at Rochford I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their kindness over the past few weeks.
“We were really touched by all the lovely messages, donations and support we received both in person and on social media. It has made a difficult period more bearable and it means a lot to all of us that the local community has rallied behind us in such a big way and shown that they’re just as passionate about the charity we raise money for.”
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.