A charity shop in Daventry town centre was broken into and ransacked by burglars, leaving volunteers and supporters shaken.
The burglars forced their way into the Landing Pad cafe, run by the Air Ambulance Service, in High Street last Wednesday night.
They took cash and a small amount of stock, as well as personal items from the staff offices.
The total losses to the charity are estimated to be around £1,700 – the average cost of an air ambulance mission.
However, the news of the burglary has prompted the community to respond, with extra donations being left in collection tins. The charity is organising a raffle to recoup the lost money, and is looking for good donations.
Volunteers from Daventry and District Housing also visited on Friday to hand over money they and Warwick Court residents had raised.
Several other town centre businesses have also been broken into recently.
A gift shop in Bishops Court had its window broken on Sunday night. Offenders made failed attempts to get inside the shop.
The cobbler’s shop in Bishops Court was broken into the same night. The offenders forced open the door to the shop and stole a number of cigarette lighters and hip flasks.
3rd Generation barbers in Foundry Place was broken into on Tuesday night last week. The burglars fled empty handed when the alarm sounded.