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Charity shop asks for help to recoup losses

By Kelly Wickham


A charity shop in Midhurst is asking for help after burglars broke in and stole money.


The Cancer Research UK shop in North Street was broken into on January 19, and funds taken.


It is believed the thieves broke in on the Sunday by smashing a window and made off with around £600.


Staff are now working hard and organising events to help recoup the funds.


Dubbed as a ‘weekend of fun’, volunteers at the shop have organised plenty of entertainment for everyone including a quiz, a Robbie Williams tribute act, a bake off and kids party.


Funds raised by the volunteers at the shop help scientists get closer to finding a cure for cancer and help the charity to fund more clinical trials.


the fundraiser will begin on Friday, February 28, with a ladies pamper night, followed by a Robbie Williams tribute act on the Saturday.


On Sunday, March 1, a blind bake off will be held, followed by a quiz night in the evening.


“The break-in was very devastating to our shop as I work very hard to raise money,” said Denise Heppell, store manager.


“I’m very overwhelmed with all the support. Our volunteers try their hardest every day to raise as much money as possible on a day to day basis.


“Customers and Midhurst residents are very upset by the fact they broke into a charity shop, especially as our business supports so many people who are affected by this horrible illness.”


Denise says the weekend would not be possible without the support of a local pub, the Bricklayer Arms.


Audrey Cleever, owner of boutique shop, Stepping Out, also held a day where ten per cent of everything sold was donated to the charity shop.


Resident Niki Wakeford also helped by holding an online raffle to win a Body Shop Hamper.


Denise is also still asking for raffle prizes.


Any businesses able to help, or anyone wanting further information about the weekend, should contact Denise by emailing: or call: 01730 813381

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