Poole estate agents steps in to support charity shop after burglary

Tue 13 Dec 2016

A local estate agents has made a £700 donation to a charity shop on Poole High Street to replace the money stolen in a recent burglary.

Julia’s House children’s hospice’s charity shop was targeted by thieves last week with an entire day’s takings of almost £600 as well as £112 saved by volunteers to pay for a Christmas meal taken.

Leaders in Poole has stepped in to cover the shortfall in funds. Tony Wilson, branch manager at Leaders in Poole, says: “We were shocked and appalled to hear the news that the charity shop had been burgled and all our team were adamant that we would do all we could to help.

“Our charity partner Together for Short Lives supports all 54 children’s hospices in the UK, including Julia’s House, so this is a cause very close to our hearts. I am delighted Leaders has been able to cover the entire sum that was lost during the theft and that the hard work of such a great group of volunteers has not gone to waste.”

Tony visited the charity shop on December 12th to present Sue Osborne and the team of volunteers with a cheque for £700 to replace the stolen money.

Sue said, “Thank you to Leaders for this donation, it means so much to us. Since the break in the team at the shop have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public, giving whatever they can, even just a few pounds, and in many instances channelling their unwanted goods to Julia’s House which has boosted our sales stock and been fantastic at this time of year.

“Because the break in also affected the volunteer staff personally, with the loss of their Christmas celebration collection, the public’s empathy and recognition of them as individuals has made them feel very valued. All our staff are volunteers, freely giving their time and putting in so much effort for Julia’s House and they are a joy to work with. We are very grateful to Leaders and the local community for their generous support at this time.”

Leaders has partnered with Together for Short Lives for the last two years, raising money locally for Julia’s House. The children’s hospice provides practical and emotional support for families in Dorset and Wiltshire who are caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, providing much-needed support in their own homes, in the community or at its hospice.