Cruel thieves raid hospice shop

Sharon Hardman and Jackie Naylor at the Sue Ryder shop
Sharon Hardman and Jackie Naylor at the Sue Ryder shop

A Halifax charity shop has been targeted twice by callous thieves since it opened its doors earlier in the year.

The Sue Ryder shop, at Pellon Lane, was burgled in the early hours of Sunday, December 6, for the second time in six months.

Thieves broke into the shop through the roof and broke out by smashing the front door. They escaped with some cash, but caused significant damage to the shop.

Manager Sharon Hardman said: “The staff and I are appalled that someone would break into a charity shop and cause so much damage, so close to Christmas.

“We work hard to raise money so Sue Ryder can provide incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. Doing whatever we can for our patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.

“The shop was broken into previously, shortly after we opened in August and we struggled to cover the costs so close after the shop opening – having this second robbery really is heart-breaking as it takes money away from the care we provide.”

“We are asking the local community to help us, any support whether its replacement carpets that were water damaged, security shutters, lights and alarm systems would really help us.”

The shop accepts any kind of donation, from clothes and books to furniture. Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police via 101.