Staff and volunteers at a Chorley children’s charity have been left devastated after heartless thieves broke into one of their charity shops.

Although no high value items were taken, the damage done to the roof of the shop will cost Derian House Children’s Hospice around £1,000 to repair.

The thieves removed slates from the shop roof and gained entry to the stockroom through the ceiling.

The shop had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and luckily all cash and valuables had been removed from the premises.

The break-in was discovered on Thursday, 16 April, and police were informed.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re really upset that we’ve been targeted in this way. The coronavirus outbreak has already meant that we have had to close our charity shops and cancel fundraising events, so to have to spend precious cash on repairing the damage done in this mindless act feels especially frustrating.

“Something like this is heart-breaking for our wonderful team of volunteers who work tirelessly and donate their time to running our charity shops. But, as ever, the local community have overwhelmed us with their support, with local roofers working nearby even offering to replace the missing slates free of charge.”

Derian House Children’s Hospice cares for more than 400 seriously ill children and young people from across the North West, giving families the chance to make the most of every moment they have together. The charity relies on the public for more than 90 per cent of its funding.

If you have any information about the break-in, please contact police.

Visit www.derianhouse.co.uk.

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Staff and volunteers at a Chorley children’s charity have been left devastated after heartless thieves broke into one of their charity shops.

Although no high value items were taken, the damage done to the roof of the shop will cost Derian House Children’s Hospice around £1,000 to repair.

The thieves removed slates from the shop roof and gained entry to the stockroom through the ceiling.

The shop had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and luckily all cash and valuables had been removed from the premises.

The break-in was discovered on Thursday, 16 April, and police were informed.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re really upset that we’ve been targeted in this way. The coronavirus outbreak has already meant that we have had to close our charity shops and cancel fundraising events, so to have to spend precious cash on repairing the damage done in this mindless act feels especially frustrating.

“Something like this is heart-breaking for our wonderful team of volunteers who work tirelessly and donate their time to running our charity shops. But, as ever, the local community have overwhelmed us with their support, with local roofers working nearby even offering to replace the missing slates free of charge.”

Derian House Children’s Hospice cares for more than 400 seriously ill children and young people from across the North West, giving families the chance to make the most of every moment they have together. The charity relies on the public for more than 90 per cent of its funding.

If you have any information about the break-in, please contact police.

Visit www.derianhouse.co.uk.