Burglars cause £2,000 of damage at Bridlington charity shop

Heather Pickering and Jean Cooling at the Real Aid shop.
Heather Pickering and Jean Cooling at the Real Aid shop.

A CHIEF executive of a local charity has hit out at burglars who stole money from a safe in a charity shop.

Barbara Raine, CEO of Real Aid, has spoken of her anger at the break in at the Quay Road store, Bridlington, which occurred between 4.45pm on Saturday July 7, and 8am on Monday July 9.

A statement from Humberside Police said that thieves had entered the shop from a back alley and forced entry through a window before searching the shop and eventually breaking into the safe.

The money, the amount of which the charity does not wish to disclose, was destined to help feed impoverished families in the Bridlington and East Yorkshire area.

Mrs Raine said: “It’s a mess.

“What has made us really really angry is that we are a local charity and we tend not to blow our own trumpet, and just quietly get on with it.

“In effect it’s like stealing from their next-door-neighbour.”

Heather Pickering, shop manager at Real Aid, said: “I am very shocked, with it being from a charity shop especially.”

Mrs Pickering, who has worked at Real Aid for four and a half years, spoke of the shock felt by the volunteer staff and said that the damage to the shop will cost around £2000.

Real Aid is an independent charity that raises money not only to help people in the East Riding but also in Eastern Europe and Africa.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area at the time.

Call the non emergency number 101 referring to log 123 of 09 July or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with information.