A Lancashire community has pulled together after heartless thieves targeted a local hospice charity shop.
Derian House Children’s Hospice has been inundated with offers of help and donations following the break-in at its shop in Chorley town centre last week.
Staff and volunteers were left devastated after raiders smashed through the roof to gain entry into the store, causing £1,000 of damage.
The charity shared the sad news on social media, appealing for witnesses. Within hours the post had gone viral, with dozens of kind-hearted tradespeople offering their help.
Now, thanks to the heroic efforts of the community, not only has the roof been fixed for free, but a brand new security system has also been donated and fitted at the store.
Well-wishers, saddened by the story which featured on regional TV news and in local newspapers, flocked to send in donations.
Local businesses and community groups also rallied to pledge money to the cause, and one parent whose daughter uses the services at Derian House created a Facebook fundraising page which raised more than £2,200 in just a few days.
The total raised – more than £10,000 – will not only pay for new security measures across the hospice’s whole network of charity shops in Leyland, Horwich and Adlington, but will also be able to pay the wage of two hospice nurses every day for the month of May.
David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity shown to us. Yet again our supporters have shown us that they are there when we really need them and for that we are tremendously grateful.
“Not only has the damage been repaired for free, but the support of our community will allow us to make all of our shops safe and secure so that hopefully this will not happen again.
“On top of this gift of peace of mind, we believe there will be enough left over to pay for two nurses to care for our children and young people for the whole month of May. It’s simply amazing that something so good could come from such a horrible situation.”
Derian House Children’s Hospice looks after more than 400 children and young people from across the North West, offering respite and end-of-life care.
It costs £4.8m every year to run services at Derian House, with the charity having to raise 90p in every £1 in donations.
Visit www.derianhouse.co.uk or on social media @derianhouse for more information.