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Wrexham charity shop heartbreak over break-in

November 23rd 2022, 5:36 pm by Arran Hodges

A Wrexham animal welfare charity shop hit by burglars in an overnight raid is calling on the community to help it bounce back.

Cats Protection's shop in Lord Street was broken into on Wednesday, 16 November, when a back window was smashed to gain entry.

Cash, new products and gifts destined to be raffle prizes to raise much-needed funds were stolen in the break-in, and the shop is now appealing for any local businesses able to donate replacement prizes.

The shop suffered extensive damage externally and internally, forcing it to close for three days for repairs, in what is traditionally a busy time in the lead up to Christmas.

Selling a range of second-hand and new items, the shop supports the work of Cats Protection, the UK's largest feline charity, in its mission to help homeless cats and kittens and promote good welfare for all cats.

Staff and the volunteers, who give up their time for a cause close to their hearts, were understandably shaken by the incident but are determined to step-up their efforts to raise money for cats in need.

Area retail manager Lesley Fishleigh said:

"It was distressing for the manager and her volunteers to come into work and find the shop in such a state. Our customers spend money in the store knowing it is going towards helping the thousands of cats the charity supports every year. For someone to steal money and raffle prizes is heart-breaking.
"We are hoping that people will consider donating their good quality second-hand items so we can replenish our stock. We would also love to hear from local businesses that may be able to spare a gift or voucher so that we can once again have a fantastic fundraising Christmas raffle."

The shop is also seeking new volunteers to join the team with plenty of roles available for anyone looking to gain retail experience, meet new people and help cats in the process. For more information on volunteering email [email protected]

Police are investigating the break-in and anyone with information can contact them citing crime reference number B173923.