Thursday 02 August 2018

Letchworth Shop Is Hit by Second Break in

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It is with great sadness that we announce the second break in to our Letchworth charity shop within a few weeks of a previous break in at the same store.

 

In light of these devastating break ins, our Garden House Hospice Care CEO, Sue Plummer has written an open letter regarding the incidents.



Firstly, we would like to thank all our wonderful supporters who participated in our Colour Clash Glow event last weekend. It was fabulous to see you all have so much fun.

On the same day however, we were saddened to hear of a second break in to our Letchworth shop within a few weeks of a previous break-in to the same store.

Garden House Hospice Care shops within the community are a vital way for the Hospice to raise funds for patient care; every penny goes back into the Hospice.

We are so proud of all the support we get from the local community; we absolutely love all the positive feedback we get about our clinical services and appreciate all your support through shopping with us, participating in our fundraising events and volunteering with us, to name just a few. 

It is distressing for all involved in the Hospice to hear of criminal acts on our premises. We want our shops to provide a positive experience for everyone including our Shop Managers and many volunteers who choose work within them.

The cost to improve the security of our Letchworth shop is expected to be around £5,000, not considering the lost income and other knock on effect costs. We are reluctant to spend such funds on the security of our shops, as our preference is to spend it on patient care that is so valued by those who use our services. However, as patient care is dependent on the funds from our stores, this second break makes such a decision inevitable.

If anyone is able to help us in relation to these improvements, please contact lisa.seccombe@ghhospicecare.org.uk

Once again, many thanks for your support.