Burglars hacked their way into a life-saving charity’s shop in Spalding before stealing a safe containing cash and other small items.
The break-in at Cancer Research UK in Hall Place has upset hardworking staff and volunteers – and means the charity will have to fork out vital cash to replace the back door and the safe.
Shop manager Sasha Darley said: “I came in on Christmas Eve and found burglars had hacked their way in through the back door.
“They stole some small items, including the collection goblet which was chained to the till.
“It was a horrible thing to do and it has upset us all, particularly our volunteers.
“We will have to replace the door and the safe and that will cost the charity quite a lot of money.”
In a second incident, a window was broken at the Sleaford Cancer Research UK shop but no money was taken and no further damage was caused.
Roger Wright, central operations trading manager for the charity, said: “Incidents like this are upsetting but thankfully rare.
“And with support from the public and our wonderful volunteers, we will bounce back.
“Cancer Research UK does not receive any Government funding so we rely on the public to support our world-class research. Our shops are a significant part of that as every donation or purchase helps fund our pioneering research.”
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “At this time of year, people will be remembering loved ones they have lost to cancer and they will be appalled that thieves would target a charity which does so much for those affected by the disease.
“Anyone with information about who may be responsible for these burglaries is asked to contact us.”
Cancer Research UK has saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
In the 1970s, fewer than a quarter of people with cancer survived. Today half the people diagnosed with cancer will survive and the charity aims to boost that to three-quarters within the next 20 years.
• People who know anything about the shop raids are asked to call police on 101.
For more information about shopping with or donating to Cancer Research UK, or about becoming a shop volunteer, visit: www.cruk.org – or call in to the Spalding shop.