Mindless vandals cause thousands of pounds of damage to Droylsden charity shop
Tuesday 3rd July 2018 12:06 Droylsden News Tameside Posted by Tom Greggan

A Droylsden charity shop is appealing for support after mindless vandals smashed their way into the store, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Staff at the Headway shop on Queens Walk have been left devastated at the break in, which happened between the shop closing on Sunday and the manager returning on Monday morning. Police are investigating.

The break has left staff at the Headway shop reeling.

The burglars smashed their way into the shop after tearing up an iron drain cover from the main road and launching it through the shop window. They then went on to trash the store before stealing the shop’s computer monitor.

The shop raises funds for Headway – the brain injury association, a charity that supports brain injury survivors and their families. Now the charity has been left to pick up the pieces and foot the bill for the repairs.

Sandra England, manager of the Headway shop, said: “We’re utterly devastated. As I was walking to work I saw the damage to the shop front and my heart sank.

“They have trashed they place and made a real mess. They’ve stolen our computer monitor, which we used to carry out all of our admin work.”

The greatest cost to the shop will be an estimated £2,000 to repair the damage to the front window – money that should have gone towards supporting brain injury survivors.

Sandra added: “We were forced to close the shop while we cleaned it up and made sure it was safe which meant our takings were down.

“It’s really sad that people would steal from a charity shop that supports the people of Droylsden coming to terms with the effects of a brain injury.

“We have now reopened the store and are appealing to anyone who would like to support us by volunteering or donating stock.”

Anyone wishing to support Headway is welcome to call Sandra on 0161 301 1964 or visit the charity shop at Queens Walk in Droylsden Shopping Centre.