Inspired to help after hospice shop break-ins
Thousands lost as two charity shops were targeted during New Year break
A KIND-HEARTED volunteer has launched an appeal to help recover more than £1,000 that was stolen from two charity shops.
Jane Roberts, 48, from Hazlemere, is hoping to raise the funds through a Just Giving page she set up following reports that a Rennie Grove shop and a South Bucks Hospice shop were broken into over the New Year’s break.
In both thieves caused thousands of pounds worth of damage by breaking into the shops through rear and side doors, before stealing safes which contained money.
The safe at the Rennie Grove shop in Holmer Green was taken between 1pm on New Year’s Eve and the morning of January 3.
The safe contained around £1,300 and would have funded over 50 hours of nursing care.
Hundreds of pounds were stolen from the South Bucks Hospice Shop, Hazlemere Parade, after burglars broke through five doors.
The break in happened after the shop closed on New Year’s Eve and was discovered on Tuesday morning.
The cost of replacing the safe and fixing the doors is estimated at £2,000
Mrs Roberts said: “I just thought it was so awful and thought the community could pull together to raise the money that they lost.
“Both charities do so much for the community that it just seems such an awful thing to happen.
“I have had friends who have used their services in the past.”
Mrs Roberts, who has no connections to either shop, has set the initial fundraising target at £1,000 but hopes to raise more.
She added: “Both my children went to school in Holmer Green and I live in Hazlemere.
“We use both shops regularly.
“All their hard work has been taken away.”
Both of the charities have been made aware of the appeal, which has also been shared extensively on Facebook.
Mrs Roberts said: “We just have to wait and see.
“There’s always people in there who give their time up to volunteer and the fact that this has happened is unpleasant.
“It’s both shops – it’s a bit of a double whammy really.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hospicecharityshopsrecoveryfund to donate.
Targeted: The South Bucks Hospice shop that was broken into