A charity shop boss has sent out a defiant message to burglars – you will not shut us down!
Mrs Gill Whittaker, who runs the Red Cross shop in Burnley, spoke out after intruders used a crowbar to break into the back of the premises in Parker Lane in the early hours of Sunday.
Mrs Whittaker said: “I just want whoever did this to know we have not closed the shop and will not let what you did affect us.
“It was a disgusting thing to do, targeting a charity, but it is business as usual for us. All our volunteers are devastated but have vowed to carry on as normal.’’
The break-in was discovered around 6-30am on Sunday by volunteer Sue Clark who arrived to prepare for the Red Cross monthly children’s day when staff fill the shop with children’s clothing that is offered for sale for 50p.
The intruder had searched the premises and made off with an empty till drawer.
Mrs Whittaker, who has been a Red Cross volunteer for eight years, added: “We still went ahead with the children’s day. It is really popular and although we opened slightly later and had to close earlier than normal there were still people queuing to come in.’’
Police are studying CCTV footage of the break-in.