Staff devastated by charity shop attacks

Dawn Smith and Linda Atkins.
Dawn Smith and Linda Atkins.

Staff at a charity shop in Daventry say the costs of repairing damage caused by vandals to the store could have helped save someone’s life.

Dawn Smith and Linda Atkinson, manager and assistant manager at the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance in Foundry Walk, say they were gutted after the attacks on two windows in two separate attacks.

The shop was attacked on Friday night, with one of its windows smashed sometime between closing and opening the next day. A second window was smashed the following evening, again between closing and their opening on Sunday.

An emergency boarding company had to be called out to cover the broken windows with wood to secure the shop.

The cost of having the boarding company out on a Sunday, plus the cost of replacing both windows, is estimated to be more than £1,000.

Mrs Smith said: “All of us are absolutely gutted after the attack because the money could have been used to save someone’s life.

“It costs £1,700 to fly to a single mission and this money could be used for an emergency call.”

It has also had an impact on the staff and the customers at the shop.

Mrs Smith added: “The staff and the customers were all disgusted that it has happened, not just once but twice. I am convinced that we were down in takings as a result of the action.”

They also both had a message for the person who carried out the attacks.

Mrs Atkinson said: “I would like the person who has done this to know the impact he or she has had.

“I would love them to read about the good work that is carried out and the testimonials from some of the people we have helped in the past.” Mrs Smith added: “It has an impact on the wider community because we have tried to help out so much. It feels like a personal attack.”

The Daventry shop is appealing for donations to help cover the cost of the vandalism.

Any witnesses should contact Northamptonshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.