Weston Hospicecare, a local charity shop in Weston-super-Mare was raided in the early hours of Thursday 14th February 2019.
It is believed that this was a pre-planned attack, with the criminals attending the shop the day before to tamper with a fire door. This will have provided them with easier access to commit the robbery.
Weston Hospicecare provides free care to patients. In order to do this, they need to raise over £3 million a year. Relying heavily on their hardworking retail teams and fundraisers.
Not only have the thieves taken cash and a collection tin which would have been used for providing vital care. They’ve also added further costs by needlessly vandalizing the front door.
Witnesses reported seeing two people coming out of an alleyway at around 12.40AM. A neighbor of the store heard a noise at a similar time.
Weston Hospicecare’s retail director Gemma Turner has released the following statement
“We will now have to go the expense of installing expensive security equipment and cameras, and it will cost us money to have the doors repaired and re-glazed and to clean up too. This will have a direct impact on the care we are able to give our patients, which of course is the main purpose behind our shops.”