CHARITY shop staff and volunteers have spoken of their devastation after being targeted by thieves in the lead up to Christmas.
The St Barnabas hospice charity shop in Rowlands Road, Worthing, was broken into overnight on December 12.
There was extensive damage to the front door and thieves stole two collecting tins.
Relief assistant manager Sherian Skinner said: “We are devastated that our shop has been targeted in this way.
“We have been part of the Rowlands Road community for over 20 years and have a loyal and generous band of customers and volunteers who support the hospice, helping to raise vital funds for our patients and their families.
“Not only did the thieves escape with our collecting tins – probably less than £50 – we are now faced with a repair bill of around £400 and will have to spend more on increasing our security measures, money which should be going directly to providing care for our patients.
“It’s a horrible thing to happen at any time of the year, but even worse in the run-up to Christmas.
“Our customers and staff have been brilliant and I would like to say thank you to them for their kindness.”