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Outrage over Surrey children's charity shop theft

Stoneleigh children charity

Published by Carol Musgrave at 12:29pm 24th May 2019. (Updated at 2:37pm 24th May 2019)

A charity shop in Surrey, which raises money for youngsters with brain injury and neurodisability, has issued an open letter to thieves who stole the entire contents of their stock room.

The Children's Trust shop in Stoneleigh Broadway in Stoneleigh, Epsom, was targeted on May 22 when the garage at the back of the shop was broken into some time after it was locked at 5:30pm.

Police were called the following afternoon, after the discovery that morning that it had been unlocked and all the shelves emptied.

The suspects forced entry into the stock storage area, and took £2,000 worth of donated goods.

Staff have now responded with an open letter, deploring the the actions of whoever made off with the goods, which they say would have helped children undergoing rehabilitation:

"To the people that stole from children,

"We don't know who you are or what you might be going through, but we are shocked that you would steal from the children that we help.

"The clothing, books, electricals and other items you stole were donated with kindness from our community. You stole from all of us.

"The Children's Trust relies on these donations. The money we would have raised from the items you stole would have funded essential equipment to help a child recovering from an accident stand again for the first time, or fund a music therapy session to help a child who may not be able to speak try to find their voice again.

"What you have done has consequences for those we help.

"Despite your actions, The Children's Trust staff and volunteers, and the fantastic community in Stoneleigh, will continue doing our part to ensure all children with brain injury live the best lives possible.

The charity provides intensive rehabilitation for children with severe brain injury, many of whom have been involved in accidents or survived serious illness.

The shop is run by volunteers, and money raised through the sale of second-hand clothes, books and other goods are used to fund essential care for children trying to relearn key skills such as walking again or talking.

The incident has been reported to the police, who are appealing for any information.

You can contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or online quoting reference PR/45190053497.

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form.

 

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