Thieves have escaped with almost £700 after breaking into the Julia’s House shop in Poole High Street just before midnight last night (Thursday 01/12/16).
They smashed the front door of the children’s hospice charity shop and took the safe. It contained the day’s taking plus £112 saved by volunteers towards the cost of their Christmas meal.
Police were quickly on the scene and gave chase but the thieves managed to escape.
Julia’s House staff and volunteers had to keep the shop closed this morning to clean up the mess and broken glass and make it safe for customers.
Shop Manager Sue Osborne said: “We were all absolutely heartbroken. It was a really awful scene to be greeted with this morning. We just couldn’t believe someone would do such a dreadful thing – stealing money that helps support families with really poorly children.
“It was an added blow to find the money from the volunteers Christmas Club had been taken too. We have some of the longest-serving Julia’s House volunteers working at our Poole shop – they dedicate hours and hours of their time to a charity that is really close to their heart.
“They had been saving a few pounds each week for four months so that they could enjoy a Christmas meal together. Some of them won’t be able to afford to do that now, it’s so sad.
“We are only glad we were able to clean up quickly and get back to business as usual – raising money for Julia’s House.”
Picture shows: Manager Sue Osborne (right) and volunteers outside the Julia’s House charity shop