06 January 2020

Thieves target local charity shops

Three charity shops that raise much-needed funds so that our nurses can provide specialist care to local children and adults with life-limiting illnesses, have been targeted by callous thieves.

 Staff and volunteers at Rennie Grove shop in Holmer Green are feeling distressed and upset following several break ins in recent weeks

Our charity shops in Market Square, Princes Risborough, Plomer Green Avenue, Downley and in Pond Approach, Holmer Green were all broken into over the Christmas and New Year period. Sadly, the Holmer Green shop had been targeted on three separate occasions during 2019. 

Stewart Marks, our Chief Executive said: “News of these break-ins has hit members of staff and volunteers hard. Our shops are at the heart of the community and have loyal supporters who donate and shop with us regularly. They know that they are helping to raise the £20,000 each day that we need to support local patients with cancer and other life-limiting illness to live the best life they can for as long as they have.

“Thefts like this affect our patients in three ways: the items stolen means that there is less money to go towards patient care. The costs incurred to repair the damage caused during the burglary along with increased insurance premiums is also money that cannot go into the budget to be spent on patient care. Each time we are broken into it costs the charity more money to fix the repairs than the value of what has been stolen.

“Break ins have a dreadful effect on our staff and volunteers, leaving them feeling upset and fearful for their safety. Our retail teams are all very loyal to the charity and they know how important the funds raised in their shops are to the nurses in terms of the care it enables them to provide to local patients.

“As a result of these continued break-ins we have beefed up security and tightened up arrangements around what is left in our shops overnight.

“We would urge local residents who see anyone acting suspiciously around any of our shops or who know anything about these particular break-ins to call the non-emergency police number 101 and report what they know.”