The charity has so far received £455 in donations from a number of individuals, including a local businessman who donated £350 and a youngster who donated £10, following the break-in at Tŷ Hafan’s shop in Stanwell Road, Penarth.
Angela Church, Tŷ Hafan’s Penarth shop manager, said: “We have been really shocked and upset by the burglary. Our volunteers and staff work really hard to raise funds for Tŷ Hafan, and for someone to steal over £500 is really quite heart-breaking.
“We are always incredibly grateful to the public for their donations and are equally thankful to our committed volunteers for their support. Incidents like these have a knock on effect on our donors, volunteers and ultimately the vital services we provide to children and their families. £562 is the equivalent to around 28 hours of specialist care for life-limited children and we will be incurring additional costs for upgraded security measures. We hope the police are successful in their appeal and we will be providing them with as much assistance as we can.”
Witnessing the kind-hearted nature of the public has given staff and volunteers at the shop a real boost.
“We are so grateful to the public for their support and it has been really wonderful to see so many warm-hearted people coming in and making donations. One of our volunteers tweeted about the theft and his friend in Birmingham saw it and will be sending a cheque to the hospice. One of our younger volunteers has also said she’ll be organising a fundraiser at Barry College.
It is so lovely to see how everyone has rallied round to help Tŷ Hafan – we’d like to thank everyone for their kindness and support.”