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21st May 2024

Second break in within four months at St Helena charity shop

St Helena Hospice’s charity shop in Dovercourt was broken into last weekend. This is now the second break in for the shop in the last four months, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage, that otherwise could have helped provide care and support to local people facing incurable illness and bereavement. 

The shop on Bagshaw Road, Dovercourt, was targeted in the early hours of Sunday 19th May with thieves gaining entry by throwing a rock through the glass panel on the front door. This caused yet more damage and destruction to the shop, just four months after replacing and paying for the damage to be fixed from the break in in January. 

Fortunately, nothing was stolen. 

The team were able to open the doors the next day after cleaning up the mess that was made to the stock and securing the damage to the property. 

This is now the third break in at a St Helena charity shop in less than six months, causing loss of income to the local charity which relies heavily on its retail operation to raise the funds needed to provide its hospice services to people at home, at the Hospice and over the phone via its SinglePoint 24/7 helpline.   

Tim Morgan, retail area manager at St Helena, said: “We just can’t believe it. To face yet another break in, at our wonderful shop in Dovercourt so soon after it was previously targeted in January is just utterly heartbreaking for the team.  

The front of the St Helena Dovercourt shop

“This has caused even more heartache to our community to be targeted yet again, along with additional bills to pay for the damage and repairs to the shop – vital money which would have been spent on supporting our patients and their families. They were there to support us last time and will be with us again this time, our community support is what keeps the smiles on our staff and volunteers faces.  

“Only 20% of our income comes from the NHS. That means 80% of the income needed to run St Helena is raised through the local community buying in St Helena shops, giving donations, playing Your Hospice Lottery, and leaving gifts in Wills.  

“As always, we are so grateful for the support shown to us by the local community and want to extend our appreciation to our shop managers and volunteers who, although distressed by the incident that has happened so soon after the last one, are keeping the shop running as usual. Please do pop by and show them your love when you next go past. The community is at the heart of everything we do and the team really do appreciate your support at this time whilst we pick up the pieces again.

“If you work for or know of a local company who would be able to offer their services to assist with fixing the damage caused, we would really appreciate the help.”  

The shop is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm.  
St Helena is urging anyone who may have witnessed the break in or knows anything about the incident to contact Essex Police quoting reference number 42/77586/24.

If you would like show your support for St Helena by donating towards the costs to fix the damage, you can do so at our donate page.


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