Inspected and rated

Care Quality Commission - CQC

Sick thieves strike at Weldmar’s Gillingham charity shop

The offenders ransacked the shop and office areas

Staff and volunteers have been left to clear up following a break in at our charity shop in Gillingham. The criminals broke windows, and stole a small amount of money from a collection pod. A number of foreign coins were also taken in the raid, which left the shop and office area in disarray.

Caroline Hamblett is Weldmar Hospicecare’s CEO, and was shocked at the news.  “We rely so much on the income from donations so kindly given by people who support the work we do in Gillingham, and throughout Dorset, for patients and their loved ones in the last year of their lives. It is so sad to see the damage caused by the break in and the loss of income for the charity.”

Police investigators, including forensics officers, have been at the scene, and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Manager Louise Redpath discovered the damage. “It’s frightening. I can’t believe that anyone would do this, especially to a charity shop. It was such a horrible feeling approaching the door, seeing it had been forced open, and the mess that had been left inside. We all feel devastated.”

Gillingham was the second of Weldmar’s 26 shops to open, first welcoming customers on The Parade in January 1994.


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