Worthing charity shop burgled days after it opens

Tina Cook was at the opening of the shop
Tina Cook was at the opening of the shop

Three days after it was opened, Chestnut Tree House hospice’s newest shop was burgled.

Hundreds of pounds worth of damage was caused to the shop when thieves broke in last night (Tuesday, December 11).

The shop, in Montague Street, Worthing, had been opened on Saturday, December 8, by Olympic silver medallist Tina Cook.

Chief executive Hugh Lowson said: “After such a fantastic official opening of our latest shop on Saturday, we are truly saddened to hear of the break-in overnight.

“Charity shops are our window into the community and provide us with a valuable income stream.

“The cost of providing our services at Chestnut Tree House stands at £2.5 million per year, with less than 8p in every pound funded by central government. For the rest, we rely on the generosity of the people of Sussex and charity shops are a simple but effective way for the local community to show their support for the hospice. It’s such a shame that someone would choose to do such a terrible thing, especially after all the recent work on the shop to get it open to the public and the support received from our customers.”

For the full story, read next week’s Worthing Herald, out on Thursday, December 20.