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Cancer charity store to shut after being focused by shoplifters

A most cancers charity store in a seaside city has been pressured to shut after it was focused by heartless shoplifters.

The Chemotherapy Cancer Project in Herne Bay, Kent is about to close its doorways on the finish of August after a spate of thefts which has seen a wide range of gadgets, from garments to ashtrays, stolen from the enterprise.

The retailer has additionally struggled with a lower in donations and the dominance of bigger charities.

The charity store’s supervisor Graeme Sergeant, 70, mentioned that shoplifting was a widespread concern within the space. 

‘You would not consider what individuals nick,’ he mentioned. ‘You would not assume they’d rob charity retailers, however they do.

The Chemotherapy Cancer Project in Herne Bay, Kent has been forced to close after it was targeted by heartless shoplifters. The charity shop's manager Graeme Sergeant (pictured, right), 70, said that shoplifting was a widespread issue in the area

The Chemotherapy Cancer Project in Herne Bay, Kent has been pressured to shut after it was focused by heartless shoplifters. The charity store’s supervisor Graeme Sergeant (pictured, proper), 70, mentioned that shoplifting was a widespread concern within the space

‘Everyone throughout Herne Bay is affected by shoplifting. It’s horrible.

‘I imply, who nicks a stopper out of a decanter? Who fills a van with 4 or 5 items of garments once they’re shopping for one – or not shopping for something?’

Mr Sergeant, who’s a retired engineer, added that individuals had the misunderstanding that charities didn’t have to be run like different companies. 

‘We had somebody say, “Well you don’t pay for nothing” however we do,’ he mentioned. 

‘We pay the identical payments as any regular enterprise and all of it provides up. 

‘If you are not getting the earnings in or somebody’s strolling off with a few of that earnings, you possibly can’t pay your payments.’

The supervisor’s spouse Lizzie, 67, who’s a volunteer on the charity store, now has grade 4 most cancers which has additionally contributed to the closure of the enterprise.

Mr Sergeant, who has been together with his spouse for 51 years, mentioned: ‘Unfortunately, donation-wise, throughout Herne Bay the little charities aren’t getting the donations.

‘Secondly, my spouse has grade 4 most cancers and sadly the ache’s getting worse.

‘She’s not effectively sufficient to take part within the operating of the store as a result of we’ve got an entire lack of volunteers.

‘So I’ve needed to take the choice primarily due to the donation aspect however the second half is I’ve acquired to spend extra time with my spouse. She wants me now.’

People have additionally been donating much less just lately, because of the price of residing disaster, and the 70-year-old revealed {that a} latest assortment gathered simply £34. 

Mr Sergeant additionally claimed that for each ‘ten donations’ domestically bigger charities, comparable to Maya’s Community Support Centre and Free Shop, had been receiving ‘eight or 9’ with the Chemotherapy Cancer Project getting ‘possibly one’.

The Salvation Army has agreed to take over the shop’s café in addition to the drop-in periods it runs for these present process chemotherapy.

The distraught supervisor mentioned that, though this was excellent news, he nonetheless leaves ‘with a heavy coronary heart’. 

The manager's wife Lizzie, 67, who is a volunteer at the charity shop (pictured), now has grade four cancer which has also contributed to the closure of the business

The supervisor’s spouse Lizzie, 67, who’s a volunteer on the charity store (pictured), now has grade 4 most cancers which has additionally contributed to the closure of the enterprise 

Mr Sergeant mentioned: ‘It does choke me up as a result of I began it, I’ve seen it develop and it is now at a place the place it could actually proceed to develop fortunately.

‘When I lastly shut the door I need to admit I’ll in all probability shed a number of tears as a result of I get fairly emotional now even simply occupied with it.’

The announcement of the beloved charity store’s closure has led to widespread condemnation on social media of the thieves who focused it.

MK65 wrote: ‘Not wishing most cancers on anybody however I hope that the thieves have want for this charity’s companies sooner or later as a result of because of their actions now, the service will not be out there for them.’

Onion Kilt mentioned: ‘Seen it first hand at some point, parked in entrance of Pilgrims Hospice Shop in Dover – girl walks by, notices items in entrance of the store, with signal asking for donation inside, she helped herself to a big glass ashtray and walked away. 

‘Some individuals simply cannot be trusted.’

Elvis4Ever mentioned: ‘A store is a store to thieves. Charity store or in any other case, they do not care!’

Kentish Finest added: ‘Shop lifting is ubiquitous these days, we just lately noticed a bunch of youngsters simply pile right into a well-known store and do a ‘grocery store sweep’ in broad daylight.

‘This is so widespread these days and individuals are so brazen about it. We have became the Wild West it appears.’