Faith in people restored after kind donations

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 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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A CHARITY says its faith in humanity has been restored after generous News readers gave £630 to the organisation after its donation box was stolen.

The Beneficial Foundation, which helps young people with learning difficulties train for employment, was targeted by thieves at its craft shop in Anson Road, Milton.

As previously reported, a donation bottle containing around £40 was taken from the store which would have gone towards a DVD player with a screen to showcase the charity’s work in the shop.

Shocked by the theft, many readers dropped off cash donations at the shop as well as two DVD players.

Jennie Brent, the organisation’s chief executive, said: ‘We can’t get over what an amazing response we’ve had from the people of Portsmouth.

‘It’s been absolutely fantastic and really has restored our faith in the people of this city.

‘We couldn’t believe that someone could steal from us after everything we do for the community – the students were upset about it all. But this has shown that there are many more good people out there than the few evil ones.’

Tracie Sharp, sales manager at Grosvenor Casino, in Gunwharf Quays, says she was disgusted when she found out what happened.

She has organised a number of events in the casino to raise cash and awareness of the charity in the past.

Tracie, who bought a DVD player for the foundation after the theft, said: ‘How someone can steal money from a charity beggars belief.

‘It’s disgusting. I was gobsmacked when I found out and just wanted to do what I could to help.’