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Hundreds of pounds stolen from Collier Row charity shop

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 June 2017

Manager Sue Barnes at The Little Havens charity shop, Collier Row Road, Collier Row, which was broken into at the weekend. Picture: The Little Havens

Manager Sue Barnes at The Little Havens charity shop, Collier Row Road, Collier Row, which was broken into at the weekend. Picture: The Little Havens

The Little Havens

The manager of a charity shop says she is “shocked” after she discovered the premises had been broken into over the weekend.

The back door to the Little Havens Hospice shop, Collier Row Road, Collier Row, which raises money for children with life-limiting illnesses, was found kicked in this morning and the shop’s safe - which was filled with the weekend’s takings - empty.

As well as the money which would have gone towards helping sick children being stolen, a collection tin and some costume jewellery was taken from the store room which had been ransacked.

Sue Barnes, who discovered the break-in earlier today, said: “I am so shocked and disappointed at what’s happened over the weekend. “Our team works so hard to raise money for the hospice and we’re passionate about our contribution towards the care they give.

“These people have directly targeted the charity and taken money which should have gone towards the hospice.

“They are caring for over 160 life-limited children across Essex and need every penny they can get, because all their care is free.

“We’ve had such a warm welcome from the people of Collier Row and have many loyal customers and supporters, so I know the community will rally round and help get us back on our feet.”

The Little Havens charity shop opened in December 2015 and has five volunteers who give up their time to help.

To find out more information about the Little Havens Hospice visit havenshospices.org.uk

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