Newly refurbished charity shop ransacked during burglary

Newly refurbished charity shop ransacked during burglary

Newly refurbished charity shop ransacked during burglary

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

HEARTLESS burglars ransacked a charity shop, which was due to hold a grand opening tomorrow following a refurbishment.

The South Bucks Hospice shop in Park Parade, Hazlemere was closed for three weeks in June to under go a new refit, with a huge amount of work put in by staff and volunteers.

So it was disheartening to discover this morning that burglars had broken into the shop overnight and wrecked it, while stealing £400 and gold jewellery from the safe.

It is not yet known if anything else was taken from the shop which raises money to support its free service for cancer sufferers.

Chief executive Jo Woolf said: "One of the saddest things is that if the person/people were local, they have stolen from a hospice that would have provided free care for them, their family or friends if they needed it in the future.

"A huge amount of work by staff and volunteers had gone into getting the shop ready for the grand reopening and it’s such a shame that we won’t get to share this with our supporters at the event."

The shop will be open tomorrow but the grand reopening of the shop been postponed to August 16 to allow for time to repair damage.

South Bucks Hospice is appealing for anyone who has information to contact the police on 101 or on Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

The charity has been established for nearly 30 years and provides palliative care and a lymphoedema clinic for cancer sufferers.

For more information visit www.sbh.org.uk

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3:31pm Fri 11 Jul 14

MunsterX says...

Perhaps a larger drain on the coffers is payrolling a Chief Executive, Nursing Manager, Clinic Manager, Head of Retail, Head of Communications and an Accountant to run a business that comprises one home, one clinic and a couple of shops.
The website is reassuring though, as Jo certainly isn't blowing it at the hairdressers.
Perhaps a larger drain on the coffers is payrolling a Chief Executive, Nursing Manager, Clinic Manager, Head of Retail, Head of Communications and an Accountant to run a business that comprises one home, one clinic and a couple of shops. The website is reassuring though, as Jo certainly isn't blowing it at the hairdressers. MunsterX
  • Score: -32

10:33pm Fri 11 Jul 14

WycombeMan&Boy says...

I could be totally wrong but I suspect that MunsterX has never experienced any of the care and support that is provided to loved ones by organisations like the South Buck Hospice, Sue Ryder, Iain Rennie, McMillan, Crossroads, et al.

They clearly don't realise these organisations need to pay some staff to manage and provide the specialist care services they offer to the community.

The work of these organisations is to be applauded not derided so
I wish the SBH shop in Hazlemere every success in the future.
I could be totally wrong but I suspect that MunsterX has never experienced any of the care and support that is provided to loved ones by organisations like the South Buck Hospice, Sue Ryder, Iain Rennie, McMillan, Crossroads, et al. They clearly don't realise these organisations need to pay some staff to manage and provide the specialist care services they offer to the community. The work of these organisations is to be applauded not derided so I wish the SBH shop in Hazlemere every success in the future. WycombeMan&Boy
  • Score: 20

12:28am Sat 12 Jul 14

s6blr says...

Well, there IS that new travellers site, I pray they're not already having a positive contribution locally.....
Well, there IS that new travellers site, I pray they're not already having a positive contribution locally..... s6blr
  • Score: 5

12:52am Sat 12 Jul 14

David Tarr says...

People in the High Wycombe group on Facebook have this evening raised over£300 for SBH Via text message
People in the High Wycombe group on Facebook have this evening raised over£300 for SBH Via text message David Tarr
  • Score: 10

11:23am Sat 12 Jul 14

Horace says says...

It is an indisputable fact that many individuals and families benefit from the care and support provided by charitable organisations.

At the same time, a study of the charity sector is overdue.

Consider any well-known charity; I randomly select this morning the British Heart Foundation.

Searching Google for the charity by name, the first result is a sponsored link to the BHF website, appended with this statement:

"We're The Biggest Funder of Heart Research in the UK. Donate Today"

The second is an unsponsored link to the BHF website, bearing this message:

"Charity fighting heart and circulatory disease. The BHF funds research, education and life-saving equipment and helps heart patients"

I enter the BHF site to find the detail of BHF funding for heart research, education and life-saving equipment, but no detail is available.

Entering the research area of the website, one reads that:

"One of our researchers has been awarded a prestigious prize for his work to tackle inherited heart conditions"

The researcher is Professor Sir Rory Collins of the University of Oxford. The epithet "our" in the headline is misleading: Professor Sir Rory Collins works for the University of Oxford and the BHF provides certain unspecified funding to the University for the chair and the department.

The University of Oxford delivers ground breaking research in many scientific fields. The University, its colleges and departments benefit each year from innumerable instances of individual and corporate philanthropy, and support by the taxpayer.

The BHF is not then an independent research body taking heart research into new domains, instead a channel for cash to academic institutions. An undisclosed dynamic emerges between charity donation and funding by Government. It is my view that our donations are not ring-fenced for absolute good, yet absolute good should be the centrepiece of any charitable endeavour.

Considering South Bucks Hospice, does it not encourage government to provision less of what is already paid for?
It is an indisputable fact that many individuals and families benefit from the care and support provided by charitable organisations. At the same time, a study of the charity sector is overdue. Consider any well-known charity; I randomly select this morning the British Heart Foundation. Searching Google for the charity by name, the first result is a sponsored link to the BHF website, appended with this statement: "We're The Biggest Funder of Heart Research in the UK. Donate Today" The second is an unsponsored link to the BHF website, bearing this message: "Charity fighting heart and circulatory disease. The BHF funds research, education and life-saving equipment and helps heart patients" I enter the BHF site to find the detail of BHF funding for heart research, education and life-saving equipment, but no detail is available. Entering the research area of the website, one reads that: "One of our researchers has been awarded a prestigious prize for his work to tackle inherited heart conditions" The researcher is Professor Sir Rory Collins of the University of Oxford. The epithet "our" in the headline is misleading: Professor Sir Rory Collins works for the University of Oxford and the BHF provides certain unspecified funding to the University for the chair and the department. The University of Oxford delivers ground breaking research in many scientific fields. The University, its colleges and departments benefit each year from innumerable instances of individual and corporate philanthropy, and support by the taxpayer. The BHF is not then an independent research body taking heart research into new domains, instead a channel for cash to academic institutions. An undisclosed dynamic emerges between charity donation and funding by Government. It is my view that our donations are not ring-fenced for absolute good, yet absolute good should be the centrepiece of any charitable endeavour. Considering South Bucks Hospice, does it not encourage government to provision less of what is already paid for? Horace says
  • Score: 2

12:07pm Sun 13 Jul 14

s6blr says...

Look if you're going to attack charities, then go look up how they spend each pound and then make an informed decision. There are some very efficient charities who deserve our contributions, after all charity is a virtue and we should all practice it more.

A good example is the Peoples Health Lottery, so little goes in one wonders what the heck they're doing with the money when the NHS and regional clinics are closing.
Look if you're going to attack charities, then go look up how they spend each pound and then make an informed decision. There are some very efficient charities who deserve our contributions, after all charity is a virtue and we should all practice it more. A good example is the Peoples Health Lottery, so little goes in one wonders what the heck they're doing with the money when the NHS and regional clinics are closing. s6blr
  • Score: 1

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