STAFF and volunteers at a charity shop have had their faith in human nature restored after vandals, who may have been attempting to break in, damaged the back door.
Since the incident kind-hearted members of the public have given enough donations to cover the cost of repair, meaning the Overgate Hospice Charity shop in Halifax Road, Todmorden, will not be out of pocket.
Shop manager Deirdra Johnson said: “We want to say ‘thank you so much’ to people. People were coming in to the shop and asking us how we were getting it repaired and putting donations into the box. One guy came in and donated £20.
“We have had all these bad things happen but this has restored our faith in human nature.”
Deirdra said enough money had been donated to cover the cost of repairs, save for a minimal amount. The door is being reinforced.
She had arrived at the shop on Friday, November 4, to find that glass in the back door had been smashed. The shop, which has been open for five years, has been vandalised before.
Police are looking into the incident and any witnesses are asked to contact the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team on 01706 817237.
Last week Deirdra commented on the generosity of Todmorden people in supporting the Overgate charity.
People often bring donations into the shop or call in and buy things.
The town has a long-standing group of fundraising volunteers. The Todmorden Friends of Overgate group celebrated 25 years of fundraising last year, by which time they had raised more than £180,000, an amount now increased, for the hospice.