A Lynn charity shop has lost furniture worth hundreds of pounds due to “mindless” arsonists.
Staff at the Sue Ryder Shop, in St Nicholas Retail Park, North Lynn, have hit out against the yobs who set fire to their bins during the early hours of Sunday morning.
The fire spread from the bins to the rubber seals of a container, which was storing donations of furniture and other equipment, which would been sold to raise money for the charity’s hospice, Thorpe Hall in Peterborough.
Manager Jacky Parker said: “I am so disappointed that someone would do such a mindless act. We are raising money to help people who are dying or have neurological problems.
“We are not raising huge profits to sit on a yacht in Monte Carlo. The money raised here is going to help people in difficult situations.”
Firefighters from the North Lynn fire station were called to the shop at 1.30am after receiving reports of a rubbish fire.
Flames have damaged the metal wheelie bins along with the metal container and the shop’s door and wall.
The bins were set alight two years ago.
Miss Parker said the furniture was stored in the container and estimates the furniture was worth between £800 and £900.
She is now appealing for fresh donations of furniture.
She said: “We now have no back up stock to replace the items we’ve sold.
“This is awful.”
Police are investigating the fire and are appealing for witnesses.
Anyone who has any information should contact police on the 101 number.
If you would like to make a donation to the charity call 01553 765979.
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