CRUEL THIEVES caused thousands of pounds worth of damage when they raided a Stafford charity shop.
Katharine House Hospice’s collectables shop in Greengate Street was broken into on the night of Thursday, July 24.
Thieves smashed through roof tiles and the ceiling to get into the shop and they stole a substantial amount of items, the charity said.
The shop has reopened but the hospice, which needs £2.7 million a year to keep its vital services running, now faces a costly repair bill.
Hospice retail area manager George Bradley said: “We cannot believe that people can be so cruel. We rely on the kindness and generosity of our local community, a community that helps us to provide free care for people with progressive illnesses.
“Every penny we raise from our shops goes to providing that care. This vandalism and theft means that we having to spend thousands of pounds of supporters money in repairs.
“By their callous actions the thieves are stealing directly from the people that need our care the most.
“Shop staff and volunteers have been sickened by the break in but have all rallied to open the store. We are extremely grateful for their support”
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.