Posted by: Laura Hammond
Thu 23rd June 2022
A charity shop in Alfreton was forced to close this week after it was vandalised for the third time in the last 12 months.
Vandals climbed onto the roof of the Ashgate Hospice shop, on Alfreton’s High Street, on Tuesday (June 21) night and blocked the waste system.
It is the third time this has happened in the last 12 months.
The shop, which raises money for people with life-limiting illnesses in North Derbyshire, was forced to close for the majority of yesterday (Wednesday, June 22) as a result of the vandalism
Not only did the closure deprive the shop of hundreds of pounds of income, but repairing the waste system cost £1,000.
Peter Stone, director of income generation at Ashgate Hospice, said: “An act of vandalism such as this has a huge impact on the hospice and on our dedicated staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to raise the crucial money needed to provide our services.
“Not only does the shop raise much needed funds so we can deliver our vital care, but it is also an integral part of our local community.
“It is hard to imagine why someone would do something like this to a shop that is there to support such a worthy cause.”
Peter added: “I would just like to say a special thank you to Parsons Plumbing and Heating who dropped everything to come out and fix the damage in the same day.
“Without a doubt this has saved us losing even more money from being closed for longer.”
The incident in Alfreton comes just a month after a van used to collect donations was stolen from the charity’s Old Brompton site.
Ashgate Hospice’s network of shops raise more then £3m each year to help people living with a life-limiting illness.
You can find out more about Ashgate Hospice by visiting its website.
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