Management at a charity shop in the Moorlands is urging people not to leave donations outside of trading hours. The appeal by the Samaritan’s Little Charity Shop in Cheadle comes after donations, which had been left by the front door of the High Street shop, were later stolen.
Management at a charity shop in the Moorlands is urging people not to leave donations outside of trading hours.
The appeal by the Samaritan’s Little Charity Shop in Cheadle comes after donations, which had been left by the front door of the High Street shop, were later stolen.
Vikki Barlow, manager of the Samaritans Charity shop in Cheadle, said: “A lady who lives across the road from the shop said that she had spotted some donations outside our shop there on a Monday afternoon, but then she spotted that they were taken overnight.
“We work so hard to try to raise money for Samaritans and this happens…. just feel, done.”
Now Vikki is appealing for people to drop off any donations only when the charity shop team are around to accept them personally.
She said: “Please don’t leave donations on the doorstep – please bring them on Market Days: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (when the weather is dry) no earlier than 8am and no later than 4pm or message us to bring them when we are at the shop.
“All donations are appreciated and gratefully received on the days specified.”
Although Vikki and her team are selling from market stalls, the actual Little Charity Shop is currently closed due to Government Covid restrictions, as the shop is small.
Vikki said: “We are working towards getting the shop open. As it is very small and are looking for some temporary storage while we get sorted.
“We currently sell from six stalls on Cheadle Outdoor Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (weather permitting) from 9am to 3pm (ish).
“We started selling this way at the end of the first lockdown in July last year and most of our supporters love the idea.”
She added: “Most of our donors know to bring donations on those specified days and it is very disappointing when a theft like this happens.
“We have many times arrived and found charity gifts on the doorstep that have been rifled through, it is really upsetting.”
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