Charity shop issues appeal after burglary

Staff and volunteers at the Sue Ryder shop on Castlegate in Berwick are appealing for donations after the shop was targeted by thieves.

Monday, 24th December 2018, 9:38 am
Updated Monday, 24th December 2018, 12:41 pm
Suz Downie, manager of the Sue Ryder shop in Berwick.

The shop was broken into between 5pm on December 18 and 9am on December 19, with £250 in cash stolen from the safe and a window damaged.

Due to a temporary closure on Wednesday, the shop missed out on a day’s trading, and shop manager Suzanne Downie and her team of volunteers are appealing to the public for donations to help replenish lost funds.

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

Suzanne Downie, Sue Ryder Berwick shop manager, said: “It was a big shock for my assistant manager Tina to come to work on Wednesday morning to find that our shop had been broken into overnight and left in disarray.

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“It’s bad enough to break into a shop, and seriously upsetting when it’s a shop that for more than 20 years has supported a charity’s care for people facing a terminal illness, a complex neurological condition or the loss of a loved one.

“When we add together the lost trading time on Wednesday and the cash stolen from the safe, we’re talking about a loss to Sue Ryder of around £450. This sum could have paid for 24 hours of Sue Ryder’s expert care – helping a patient live the best life they possibly can, or alternatively an annual service of 18 wheelchairs.

“We’d love to be able to make up this shortfall, and so to help recoup lost funds we’re appealing for some extra donations.”