Law firm and shoppers show support for burgled Portsmouth charity shop

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A LAW firm has stepped in to replace cash that was stolen from a children’s hospice charity store.

Irwin Mitchell has donated £270 to Naomi House, after thieves broke into the charity’s shop in High Street, Cosham.

10/2/2015 (PM)''The Naomi House charity shop in Cosham High Street was burgled over the weekend with around ?270, a laptop being stolen and damage to the shop.''Pictured is: Shop manager Lynne Morgan with volunteers (left and right) Margaret Armitage and Nan Crickmore, outside the shop.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150220-6983) PPP-151002-113443001

10/2/2015 (PM)''The Naomi House charity shop in Cosham High Street was burgled over the weekend with around ?270, a laptop being stolen and damage to the shop.''Pictured is: Shop manager Lynne Morgan with volunteers (left and right) Margaret Armitage and Nan Crickmore, outside the shop.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150220-6983) PPP-151002-113443001

The burglars also took a laptop, scratch cards and between 50 and 100 shop vouchers worth £5 each.

Video shows Margaret Armitage, a volunteer at the Naomi House shop, speaking just after the burglary

Carol Horchuk, a solicitor at Irwin Mitchell’s Southampton office, said: ‘This was a terrible crime against a charity that does fantastic work for children in our region, including some of our clients.

‘Funds generated by the charity shops are crucial to the provision of palliative care services for life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults and we are delighted to be able to replace the money stolen in the burglary.

10/2/2015 (PM)''The Naomi House charity shop in Cosham High Street was burgled over the weekend with around �270, a laptop being stolen and damage to the shop.''Pictured is: Shop manager Lynne Morgan with volunteers (left and right) Margaret Armitage and Nan Crickmore, outside the shop.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150220-6983) PPP-151002-113443001

10/2/2015 (PM)''The Naomi House charity shop in Cosham High Street was burgled over the weekend with around �270, a laptop being stolen and damage to the shop.''Pictured is: Shop manager Lynne Morgan with volunteers (left and right) Margaret Armitage and Nan Crickmore, outside the shop.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150220-6983) PPP-151002-113443001

‘Hopefully, the donation will go some way to relieving the shock all the volunteers who work at the shop in Cosham felt after the crime and they can continue the fantastic work they do for Naomi House, with the support of the community.’

Police have also revealed the Quids In discount store, also in High Street, was robbed over the same weekend of February 7, when the charity shop was targeted.

Martin Efford, head of trading for the hospice, said: ‘It’s amazing how quickly the kindness of our supporters can lift our mood, particularly after receiving such sad news from our shops.

‘We are hugely grateful to the team at Irwin Mitchell for the generous donation and for putting a smile back on the faces of our retail team and Cosham shop volunteers.

‘£270 is a lot of money for our charity to lose and can provide a lot of care.

‘We must also mention the wonderful residents of Cosham who have been exceptionally supportive of the shop since the robbery.

‘Not only have they been spending more and donating lots of items for us to sell, but have given kind and supportive messages to us.’