In­spired to help af­ter hospice shop break-ins

Thou­sands lost as two char­ity shops were tar­geted dur­ing New Year break

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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.just­giv­­fund­ing/hos­picechar­i­tyshop­sre­cov­ery­fund to do­nate.

Tar­geted: The South Bucks Hospice shop that was bro­ken into

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