A CHARITY is 'saddened' after its Broadway shop was targeted.

Thieves stole the collection box for the Sue Ryder charity that was chained to the counter at the shop, when they broke in during the early hours of Monday morning.

There is not believed to have been a significant amount of money in the collection box but the shop had to close for most of the day.

A Sue Ryder spokesperson said: “We are really saddened by the break-in that occurred at our Broadway shop overnight on Sunday (October 20). It’s one thing to break in to a shop, and another to target one that raises funds for a good cause."

“Luckily, our insurance policy has covered the cost of repairs to our damaged door, but what’s not covered in our insurance policy is the loss of earnings due to us having to close for most of yesterday, and the loss of what was stolen from the donation tin. It all adds up, and that amount could have funded nine hours of Sue Ryder’s palliative, neurological and bereavement care."

“To help us make up this shortfall, we’d love some extra donations of good quality second hand clothing, books and homewares. These can be dropped off at our shop at Bank Buildings during opening hours from Monday to Sunday."

The shop on 2 Kennel Lane Broadway is part of Sue Ryder, a charity that offers palliative, neurological and bereavement support in specialist centres and in people's homes. The Sue Ryder nurses give specialist care to people with neurological conditions and people with life-limiting illnesses.

Sue Ryder was a humanitarian dedicated to the relief of suffering. Her work started in WWII, helping people displaced from their homes as a result of war.