Volunteers, staff and customers alike are ‘devastated’ after thieves broke into Dougie Mac’s Burslem Warehouse in the early hours of Sunday night.
Criminals forced their way into the building and stole cash before trashing the building and causing significant damage to property and equipment.
All-in-all, the raid is thought to have cost the charity thousands of pounds; money which was intended to go towards providing exceptional care to local families living with life-limiting illnesses.
Police are investigating the case and a forensics team have swept the building for evidence to bring the culprits to trial.
This unfortunate incident follows another break-in that took place just last weekend in Dougie Mac’s Meir Shop.
Dougie Mac’s Head of Charity Trading, Liz Clarke said:
“We are all reeling and in disbelief that anyone could be so heartless and immoral as to steal from a local charity that strives to provide care to local families when they need it most. To think that in our midst we have people who would want only destroy property that is part of a charity shop is beyond comprehension.
“We rely very heavily on our shops right across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire to help fund our vital care services for patients and families living with a life limiting condition. A quarter of our income is raised from our charity shop chain and without them, many of our care services would unfortunately not exist. As 80% of our running costs are funded by voluntary donations from the public, it is with great regret that when Dougie Mac is targeted by thieves, it is the generous local community who are sadly being stolen from.
“The stolen money, stock and subsequent repairs will have a great impact on Dougie Mac financially and we appeal to members of the public to have a clear out and donate unwanted goods to our shops as soon as they can to help us keep up stock levels. Despite the disgraceful events over the last week, our shops will remain open – our volunteers and staff are determined to not let this awful robbery affect the care Dougie Mac provides 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
Anyone who wishes to make a donation can do so on the website: https://www.dmhospice.org.uk/donate/