A cancer charity for children and young people is appealing for support after a fire devastated one of their much loved charity shops, resulting in a loss of income in the thousands.
The fire took place at CLIC Sargent’s charity shop in the Fishponds area, Bristol on the morning of 12 November. The police have since launched an investigation into the burglary and arson.
CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading support charity for children and young people with cancer, has estimated that the closure of the shop, which has been open since 1989, will result in a £36,700 loss in income.
The charity has now launched a campaign to appeal for local donations because of the loss over the festive season.
Jason Webster, Head of Trading at CLIC Sargent, said: "We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so it’s been devastating for us and our amazing volunteers to see this happen right before the Christmas.
“The fire has cost us thousands. Although the insurance will cover the refurbishment works which need to be made to the building, all of the stock was ruined and we were forced to close during our busiest season.
"We are now calling on all Bristolians to please back our campaign and donate whatever you can to help us make sure we can continue to support young people with cancer and their families in the south west.”
To donate to the appeal go to: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/clicsargent/fishponds-arson-attack or text SHOP67 with the amount £5 to 70070.
To volunteer your time or donate any unwanted clothes to CLIC Sargent's other charity shops, find your nearest shop.
For more information about CLIC Sargent, an interview with spokespeople or case studies please contact the press team on 020 8752 2812 or mediaandPR@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.