Hospice Chief's Anger at Selby Shop Theft
12:50pm 9th April 2013
Thieves who smashed the window of a charity shop in Selby and stole collecting boxes have been condemned as ‘mindless and cruel’.
The St Leonard’s Hospice furniture shop, at Ousegate Mill in Selby, was attacked on Sunday, say the charity. They add that a window was broken and thieves entered the premises, which opened on Valentine’s Day this year. They took a number of collecting boxes in which customers placed donations for the charity, which cares for local people with life-threatening illnesses, say St Leonard's who add that glass was scattered widely through the shop.
Martyn Callaghan, Chief Executive of St Leonard’s Hospice, says, "Whoever did this is both mindless and cruel. The Hospice exists to help people who are at a very difficult time in their lives – the people of Selby among them. Not only have they taken cash given by our generous donors; they have also caused us needless cost in replacing an expensive shop window. We estimate that the cost is as much as three days’ care for one of our in-patients.
"St Leonard’s Hospice relies on the support of local people to help meet our £3.9 million annual running costs and to help us maintain our policy of never making a charge to patients and their families. We have always been well supported by people in the Selby area and have been made especially welcome since we opened our two shops; we know that they will rally round to help us overcome this setback."
The break-in and theft have been reported to the police.
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