St Luke’s Hospice charity shop is urgently appealing to the public to donate goods after its shop in Harrow Town Centre was burgled.
The shop, located on St Anns Road, was targeted by thieves in the early hours of 27 September, with the shop ransacked and donated items stolen.
The charity is now reaching out to the public to donate more goods in time for the run up to Christmas.
St Luke’s Head of Retail Operations, Lisa Dodwell, said: “This terrible incident caused St Luke’s Hospice to not only lose time and money but also caused a great deal of upset for our committed team of staff and volunteers who struggled to understand why this senseless crime should happen to St Luke’s Hospice.
“Our committed supporters have donated goods to the shops to benefit the hospice and this is also an attack on their kindness for a local cause.”
Stolen items included perfume gifts sets that were being kept to sell at Christmas, collection tins, jewellery, toys and the shop stereo system.
Free hospice care
Lisa Dodwell added: “St Luke’s relies on charitable donations for over 75% of the funds that we need to provide free hospice care and in 2016 the shops raised over £745,000 for St Luke’s.
“Our St Anns shop is a very busy shop and especially in the run up to Christmas. The theft will have an impact on the sales we make in the shop and in turn this will impact the donations that will go towards patient care at the hospice.”
Can you support and help to replenish our St Anns shop by donating goods? Drop your goods to the shop during opening hours (9.30am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday) or to St Luke’s Warehouse on 24 Dalston Gardens, Stanmore, HA7 1BU. Please do not leave goods outside the shop or warehouse.
St Luke’s has 19 shops across Harrow and Brent and are reliant on the support of the local community to provide free end of life care to patients and their families. Find out more at www.stlukes-hospice.org/shops.
St Luke’s looks after people with cancer and other serious progressive illnesses, such as motor neurone disease and heart, lung and kidney failure.
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