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Heartless thieves target Downham Market Sue Ryder store, who are now appealing for donations


By Eve Tawfick


Staff and volunteers at the smaller of the two Sue Ryder shops on Bridge Street in

Downham Market are appealing for donations after the shop was targeted by thieves at the weekend.

The shop, which sells a wide selection of high quality second hand clothing, accessories home-wares and books, was broken into between 5pm on Saturday July 6 and 8.15am on Monday July 8.

Damage was sustained to the shop’s back windows, with Saturday’s takings, amounting to £240,

The Sue Ryder Store on Bridge Street, Downham Market(supplied) (13684531)
The Sue Ryder Store on Bridge Street, Downham Market(supplied) (13684531)

Damage was sustained to the shop’s back windows, with Saturday’s takings, amounting to £240,

stolen from the shop safe.

The shop was forced to close until Tuesday morning while investigations were

carried out, which has resulted in a loss of trading.

Sales assistant Trish Bee and her team of volunteers are appealing to the public for donations to help make up for lost funds.

The shop is one of over 450 across the UK that supports Sue Ryder’s palliative, neurological and bereavement care.

Trish Bee said: “What a shock and disappointment it was for my team and I to arrive at our shop on Monday morning find that it had been broken into over the weekend and left in complete disarray.

“When you break into a charity shop, you’re not only causing a great inconvenience to staff - you’re taking away from the wider community too.

"In our case this is a shop that for nearly 20 years has supported Sue Ryder’s care for people facing a terminal illness, a complex neurological condition or the loss of a loved one.

“We’re fortunate in that the damages to the shop will be covered by our insurance policy, but what we won’t get back so easily is the money stolen and the funds we would have raised while the shop was closed for investigations on Monday.

"To put it in terms of our care, what we would usually take on a typical Monday alone could pay for four sessions of bereavement counselling at one of our hospices.

“And that’s not counting the value of the donations we have had to discard due to being damaged or spoiled with broken glass.

“I would like to thank my team of volunteers who offered so generously to stay behind after their usual shifts to help get the shop back to normal. The public has also been incredibly supportive, and we’ve been lucky enough to have already received some donations.

"To help us make up for this shortfall we’re appealing for some more donations. Items of clothing, books and homewares are very welcome, and they can be dropped off in person at the shop at 14 Bridge Street from Monday to Saturday during opening hours.”



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