Christmas wish for raided shop

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A charity shop, which was ripped apart by vandals last month, hopes to reopen before Christmas.

The St Michael’s Hospice shop in Kings Road, St Leonards, was forced to shut a month ago after vandals run amok.

Stock was damaged, internal doors were ripped from their hinges, interior fixtures and fittings were vandalised, holes punched through walls and wall cabinets destroyed during a night of destruction on November 12.

The intruders also stole a number of items including a Poppy Appeal collection jar and the St Michael’s Hospice collection jar.

The raid caused upset and disgust among volunteers and supporters of the hospice.

But there are hopes the shop will reopen in time for Christmas.

Ron, a long-serving volunteer at the hospice, said; “We are absolutely disgusted and very upset that our hospice shop has been targeted in this way.

“The vandalism inside the shop has meant all the stock has been removed in order to carry out essential repairs before the shop can be reopened.

“The biggest impact for the hospice is the loss of earnings as we have been closed for over three weeks now, which is terrible especially just before Christmas, as this is a very busy time of year for us.

“I have been volunteering at the hospice for over 10 years and the local community have been very supportive and sympathetic, everyone is absolutely disgusted that someone would do this to a hospice charity shop.

“We are hopeful the shop will reopen before Christmas.”

The raid came just four months after St Michael’s Hospice was gutted by a 
fire, in which two residents died.

The residential building has yet to reopen following the incident on July 11.

Anyone with information about the shop raid is asked to call Sussex Police on 101.