Break-in cre­ates a big bill for hospice

Thieves dam­age shop and take cash in raid

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Lois Swin­ner­ton lois.swin­ner­ton@trin­i­tymir­

AN END-OF-LIFE sup­port char­ity in West Dray­ton has been left to foot the bill af­ter a safe con­tain­ing hun­dreds of pounds was stolen from its shop.

Po­lice re­sponded to a call shortly be­fore 10.45pm on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 11, to re­ports of some­one break­ing into the Har­ling­ton Hospice shop in Broad­way Pa­rade on Sta­tion Road.

Of­fi­cers found the build­ing had been en­tered but the sus­pects had since left.

Po­lice were later in­formed that a safe con­tain­ing hun­dreds of pounds had been taken.

Emma Wag­got, the char­ity’s com­mu­nity fundraiser, told getwest­lon­don: “It’s had a huge im­pact, we are a small char­ity in the bor­ough of Hilling­don and it im­pacts our ser­vices re­ally, that amount of money be­ing taken and the grow­ing cost of hav­ing things re­placed.

“We have to have the back doors of the shop re­place, due to the dam­age, and a new safe as well. The money is raised from the goods in our shops that have been al­ready kindly do­nated by peo­ple.

“For the money raised to be taken, it’s a dif­fi­cult thing to un­der­stand.”

The char­ity is ex­pect­ing to fork out £950 on re­pair work.

Har­ling­ton Hospice is a char­ity pro­vid­ing ser­vices for end of life care and sup­ports fam­i­lies with be­reave­ment and loss

A 27-year-old man was ar­rested in Southall on Oc­to­ber 14 on sus­pi­cion of bur­glary.

He has since been bailed pend­ing fur­ther en­quires, to re­turn to a west London po­lice sta­tion in mid De­cem­ber.

Although the shop has been crip­pled by the loss of money, they said they are grate­ful for the sup­port which has been shown.

The char­ity is ap­peal­ing for help from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to bring in goods as do­na­tions.

Hilling­don Bor­ough CID con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate and urge any­one with any in­for­ma­tion to call po­lice on 101, or con­tact Crimes­top­pers on 0800 555 111.

TAR­GETED: Safe con­tain­ing hun­dreds of pounds was stolen ear­lier this month Photo: Har­ling­ton Hospice Care

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