The local community has come together to show their support in the wake of charity shop burglary
St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice are praising the local business community and general public for their outpouring of support following their Lincoln High Street shop break-in where over £400 was stolen.
The incident took place between 20th and 21st November when intruders gained access through the roof of the shop. The offenders then doused the office in bleach and made off with money from the safe.
Since the burglary St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice has been inundated with messages of support and offers of help.
Caroline Peach, Assistant Retail Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:
“We were absolutely devastated when we learned of the burglary and in particular the mindless destruction they had caused to our premises. It was heart-breaking to see, particularly as our staff and volunteers put their heart and soul into ensuring the High Street store is of the highest quality.
“The support we have received since has been absolutely amazing and it really goes to show that senseless crimes such as this will not deter us from our dedication to provide end of life care.”
The local charity has received many donations from the general public plus an anonymous donation of £250 from one individual.
Over £2,000 of damage was caused to the roof which was repaired free of charge by local roofing company Graham Nicholson Roofing Ltd. A new CCTV system is due to be fitted by Sleaford firm IP-Connect and a state-of-the art alarm system is also being donated by Lincoln’s Vulcan Fire and Security Ltd.
Caroline said: “We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received and have been taken aback by the sheer generosity of the Lincolnshire community. We have seen donations to our shop increase and have received so many warm wishes.
“The help and assistance from local businesses has been second to none and the security firms we are working with will help to secure our shop from any future break-ins.”